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Scented Bus Stops
Arcade Marketing Inc., in tandem with the California Milk Processor Board, is putting up a new type of advertisement at bus stops that emit the smell of chocolate chip cookies. The ad, which will be placed at five bus stops in downtown San Francisco, utilizes the company's technology called MagniScent®, which disseminates smell via scent-infused adhesives affixed to the inside of the bus shelters and undersides of the benches. While scent-based advertisements have been used in magazines, it's supposedly a first for outdoor advertising. Though, I swear some fast-food burger joints deliberately pump burger smoke outside just to get me to walk in! Interesting that the Milk Board would use cookie smell to attract attention to milk. Source: Strange New Products
Ads by Consumers
Maybe the writers finally ran out of ideas for the MasterCard "Priceless" ads. That's what it looked like earlier this year when they sat an actor down in a chair and had him type out empty spaces, inviting viewers to try filling in the blanks themselves. Apparently, the ad copywriters were just up with the latest fashion. This is the moment of in-your-hands consumer advertising -- the kind generated by the masses rather than for the masses. From Emerald Nuts' make-your-own contest to Mozilla FireFox's posting of consumer-produced spots at firefoxflicks.com, the creative directors seem to be handing over the work to us common folk. There's marketing powerhouse Procter & Gamble, responsible for such memorable ad icons as Folger's Mrs. Olson and "99 and 44/100 % pure'' Ivory soap, offering a $1,000 prize to foodservice professionals who can come up with the best pitch for the Dawn Grease Fighting Arsenal used in cafeterias and restaurant kitchens. All these efforts to encourage consumer-generated marketing may look like a cheap trick to get free ideas, but advertising executives say there's more to it. What's actually happening is the industry is trying to plug into a very connected online audience that has little patience for traditional ads. Source: Post-Gazette.com
Buyjake.com is a website set up by a mother who thinks her child is so cute that companies will want to put their logos on his clothing or him for $100 000 a year. “I will dress in your company’s provided apparel (and sport a tattoo!) everywhere I go for the amount of time chosen. Want me to
Source: Trend Hunter In-game Advertising High-tech spy Sam Fisher uses a Sony Ericsson phone to snap a picture of terrorists and sends it to home base. linking the brand directly with an enjoyable activity. NASA has been reluctant to participate.” All advertising must be preapproved by Mom (nothing distasteful). A company called perfectpopcorn.com. has to say about Baby Jake: In today’s creative world of advertising we not only need to know our customers but we need to find creative ways of reaching them to deliver our message. President & CEO of Javanni Inc. as the eyeballs of young men shift from the television to the gaming console." As video games become increasingly lifelike.personal digital assistant . And this is only the beginning for the fast-growing industry of advertising in video games. Product placements like Sam Fisher's camera phone is the most popular choice. Radio Shack followed with a commercial aboard the International Space Station. the tools he needs to complete his missions are quite real. Then in 2001 Pizza Hut flew with the Russian Space Agency and became the first to deliver pizza in space. Berger said. Source: GUSH magazine Spacevertising It seems we’re running out of advertising space (or at least good/fresh space) so now companies are eager to increase their market share in space. "Games are not even a phenomenon anymore. And as production costs for major titles can hit $40 million. It featured a Russian cosmonaut opening a Father’s Day present. in-game advertising could be worth up to $4 billion by 2010. some extra cash is highly welcome. These are major consumers. Both companies benefited from the first unofficial taste test in space. Source: The Gazette -4- . Depending who you ask. In 1985.from the same gadget maker. And it can only grow from here. so do their ability to imitate the world's ad-cluttered landscapes." said Brandon Berger of Ogilvy interactive. While Fisher may be fictional hero of Ubisoft's Montreal-made Splinter Cell video game series.do a commercial? How about a public appearance? I’ll do that too. “Here is what Tim Farina. but marketers say advertising could help fund scientific research. It's mainstream. Then he reads his mission briefings on his PDA . NASA is currently working with the Bush administration to conduct an evaluation for a commercialization strategy in space. Coca-Cola and Pepsi seized an opportunity to test the viability of carbonated drinks in space. "Advertisers want to engage audiences in the environments where they are. which creates in-game ads for client brands. has actually offered Jake $350 for a month’s worth of wearing their clothing.
The gimmick is aimed -5- . this works perfectly next to airports where people already see the advertising from far up. created by Artfield (website in german).000 square meters the company can create characters of up to 100meters length while only using natural colors and elements. Using fields between 50. We manage every aspect of the Pay-Per-Call advertising campaign process for your company. Our goal is to connect your business to qualified consumers that are seeking your company’s product or service by eliminating the waste of traditional direct response advertising methods. a company shaping agricultural land into art but also advertising. not that secret. Source: Brand Infection Teleformance Teleformance is a Pay-Per-Call advertising account management company. Colonel Sanders’ herbs-and-spices recipe for Kentucky Fried Chicken is still safely locked away. Pretty crazy but hey. but the chain unveiled a new TV ad Thursday that allows viewers to crack a hidden message if they play the spot back slowly on a digital video recorder or VCR. KFC wants to share a secret. Source: Teleformance Hidden Clues Psstt. No.Fieldvertising Here’s one for Switzerland’s airline group Swiss Air. Our experienced team will work with you to customize your strategic campaign and distribute your ads across the nation’s largest network of search engines and online directories. and is the only company in the nation devoted solely to this service.000 and 100.
gallon bottle and cup holder is a unique and effective way for advertisers to target consumers while they shop. it's getting increasingly more difficult to reach out to the consumer in a relevant timeframe of their purchase intent cycle. the advertising agency that created the spot for KFC Corp. revealed a significant sales lift versus same stores without the AquaCell cooler advertising. "In a controlled test. Source: MSNBC Coolertising AquaCell Media. Inc. AquaCell installs their unlimited-use water coolers free of charge for retailers so that they can offer their customers a refreshing shopping experience while simultaneously giving advertisers a unique way to reach their targeted audience. advertising on our patented permanently attached five." "Our advertisers enjoy exclusivity without any diversions from competing ads. For those savvy enough to solve the secret. the prize is a coupon for KFC’s new. AquaCell's in-store advertising on our largest brand.S. sauce-drenched Buffalo Snacker chicken sandwich." With approximately 1300 "billboard" water coolers currently in place.” said Tom O’Keefe. Source: PRNewswire -6- . has tapped into the fast-growing out-of-home advertising segment with their patented self-filling water coolers used as in-store "billboards". a subsidiary of AquaCell Technologies." said Michael Dougherty. "In today's fragmented media advertising arena. an executive at Foote Cone & Belding. President of Unilever Home & Personal Care U.at countering the rise of technology that enables television viewers to skip past commercials faster than ever before. "As proven by the 34% Dove sales lift." said Alan Jope. President of AquaCell Media. Dove. AquaCell continues to roll out its program to numerous retailers and expects to expand beyond the pharmacy segment in the near future. The 99-cent Snacker debuted a year ago and is credited in KFC’s earnings rebound. “This is taking the exact opposition approach — rewarding viewers for taking the time to engage and be interactive with television. AquaCell launched its innovative advertising campaign in Duane Reade stores throughout the NY metro area and Rite Aid drugstores nationwide..
Virgin Vines believes wine should be all about having fun and loving the taste. who may identify with one or more of the stars. and Samaire are all unique in their talent as well as their style." Source: BusinessWeek -7- . and actresses Michelle Trachtenberg and Samaire Armstrong. Fetzer. and you get the idea. The label's pitch goes like this: "Dare to enjoy this wine without dashes of pretentiousness or hints of snootiness.. a Chardonnay and Shiraz. and Bolla) recently jumped into this vat hand-in-hand with Virgin Atlantic Chief Richard Branson in launching Virgin Vines. actress. wine consumption in the U.S. Past Candie's spokespeople include Destiny's Child and Kelly Clarkson. This is the first time the brand has enlisted four stars to appear in an advertising campaign. was hobbled by a lack of understanding of wine combined with lame or confusing marketing and labeling by wine producers. Kohl's has embraced our brand and we are thrilled with the response to Candie's at Kohl's. megastar Hilary Duff.not waxing poetically about meaningless wine-speak and food pairings. Starting with two California wines.they're discovering another way appeal to the $10-wine buyer: Make fun of the $30-and-up buyers." Source: Yenra Amateur is Fine For decades. Think about how Rush Limbaugh talks about liberals. Mixing the four girls in an advertising campaign was the ideal way to showcase all of Candie's product categories which are available nationwide exclusively at Kohl's Department Stores. Brown-Forman (which markets wines such as Jekel. Hilary. Grammy nominee Ciara. both domestic and international. Michelle. the partnership seeks to promote wine consumption by dissing those who take wine too seriously.. compelling labels -think Yellow Tail and Marilyn Merlot -. But as increasingly clever marketers find success with simple.Megastar Campaign The spring television and print advertising campaign for Candie's will feature four celebrities: Singer. Ciara. Iconix CEO Neil Cole stated: "Bringing together the hottest young stars of Hollywood in one ad campaign is an excellent way speak to young women.
just pressing the display with a finger. It's interactive without being in-your-face like interstitial ads or the ads that take over part of the page. the products in a display. Displax® .Network allows managing displays placed in any location of the world. Displax® Interactive is the solution that allows people to interact with a projected multimedia application. Anheuser-Busch Cos. has lately been running Bud Light ads shot documentary-style. witch allows its placement in window stores of banks or telecommunications store. set in a window-store or inside the shop. Reflecting the proliferation of reality television. whoever passes by. Source: Displax. Source: TechRepublic Blog -8- . fell out of vogue this year on Madison Avenue.com For the Rest of Us Glitzy television advertising. the Internet phone service provider. will not be indifferent to it.Interactive window will be released in three versions. Source: WSJ. In its place: frill-free commercials. Typical of the trend was an ad for Vonage Holdings Corp. which used a home movie of a skier leaping off a roof onto a pickup truck. holographic display. or just ignore the ad. long the mainstay of marketing. with high definition. agencies embraced ads that used real people or looked like home videos. which feature a fictional character named Ted Ferguson who performs daredevil stunts and rewards himself with beer. Displax® . in an innovative way. And for a retailer I think it's perfect--the Circuit CIty example is a great showcase for what you can do in this new ad format. in a remote and central way. It has a great impact! Displax® . bonds with the reality of the business of any kind of organization and has customized sizes.The Displax Interactive Window Displax® projects itself in a transparent..com Page-turn Ads CNET has recently launched page-turn ad units.Show allows you to present. visible at daylight. A Toyota Motor Corp. captures the customers attention. with the certainty that. spot was filmed to look like a home movie shot by two slacker dudes partying in the desert when a meteor hits their Tacoma truck. You can browse the pages if you like.
Each purchase of 100 pixels are sold in 10x10 blocks. Source: News Blaze Pay Per Call Advertising Pay-per-call is an advertising service that connects online searchers with your business by phone. The goal is to sell one million pixels. Alex Tew is selling virtual real estate via the internet. You pay for the ads similarly to pay-per-click advertising." You see a listing on the search page. After posting his website in August 2005. also known as a website. The Million Dollar Homepage offers a spot of advertising on it's virtual real estate. its products and services. it's not a house or land. he's already half way to his goal. The lease also includes insurance and service costs. but it is a cool concept. and Internet surfers who respond to the ad call you on the phone." Similarly. In Austria.com. for only EUR 199 (USD 249/GBP 135) per month if drivers make enough miles. than with an Internet lead. a telephone number. in fact. with a telephone number underneath. As with any advertising. it's just strange enough to work. turning a new corner in Carvertising. a 21 year old college student. The Million Dollar Homepage is located at http://www. which will earn Tew the title of millionaire. except you pay per phone call. rather than per clickthrough. No. -9- . it takes you instead to a second page with information about the business." "Columbus home builder." "Toledo florist.MillionDollarHomepage. Alex Tew. for a fee of $1. is on the way to being a millionaire and it's all thanks to the world wide web and the sale of his virtual real estate. and obviously provides an interesting alternative to buying or leasing a regular car. The image above shows a pay-per-call ad from a search I just ran a few minutes ago for "Cleveland web designer. CoolCar offers long term (12-48 months) rental cars decked out in ads. The concept is surprisingly simple. including the Mini One and the Citroen C4. one college student in England is changing the world of real estate one pixel at a time. and business hours to call. You place an Internet ad. Sound strange? You bet it is and.00 per pixel with a 100 pixel minimum. it is still up to you to convert the lead into a sale." and "Cincinnati auto repair. It seems like an excellent solution for small businesses. I found listings for "Akron mortgage.0 We reported on nearly-free short term rental cars in Europe a long time ago. leave it to entrepreneurs and marketers from around the world to add some really interesting twists. Source: Small Business Trends Carvertising 2. When you click on the listing. rather than taking you to a website. because more small businesses are prepared to deal with a phone call.Million Dollar Home Page These days.
which has handled billboard advertising for 80 years in the United Kingdom.In France. Pay-per-call is billed as an alternative to traditional pay-per-click search advertising. Adpack is a card-based tool made up of trigger or strategy cards which contain proven techniques that are current and relevant in today's business divided into three sections . But they also have a program that rewards existing Smart car owners for participating in carvertising campaigns. and Filter UK Ltd. The commercial. Always. Gillette. aimed at passengers in Virgin's first-class lounge. . Nike. The advertiser is only required to pay for the adverts that result in phone calls. Tele2. The card-based system is designed to assist in concept generation and media selection and is one of the cleverest concepts we've seen to help with brainstorming communications strategies. Greenlight said the service could open up the search market to thousands of businesses which operate without a website. transmitters are beaming out text messages to the phones of people walking by to ask them if they would like to watch a video-clip ad on their phone's screen.Maiden Group PLC. Each of these cards can be combined to create powerful marketing ideas. Liberty Drive offers a similar long-term rental service. Source: [Springwise] Bluetooth Advertising Passengers waiting to board a Virgin Atlantic Airways flight at London Heathrow airport may get an unexpected invitation on their cellphone these days.com] Pay-per-Call Search marketing agency Greenlight has launched a Pay-Per-Call service aimed at UK advertisers. Under a new advertising program. Samsung. Club Med. Kookai. Liberty Drive is looking for franchisees in French cities with over 100. in much the same way pay-per-click advertising only charges for visitors sent to a website. Schwarzkopf. paying these MINIPRENEURS up to EUR 100 per month if they turn their cars into driving billboards. Offer and Power Words. Source: [NetImperative] Get Your Adpack! Perth-based advertising agency Breakthrough has released an original and innovative ideas generation tool specifically focussed on advertising. Evian. a small firm specializing in the transmitter technology. the Range Rover Sport..Media. offering Smart cars for EUR 150 per month. touts a new SUV. Clients have included Coca Cola Light. Source: [WSJ.000 inhabitants. Two London companies are behind the new ad approach -.10 - .
and yellow pages publishers like the BellSouth Corporation and SBC Communications have recently turned themselves into de facto agents for the search engines in the smallbusiness market. Businesses like yellow pages publishers. aims to promote Yell.com is aiming at the 20-26 age group through ads on music and entertainment sites including Mean Fiddler. outdoor" execution.11 - . which target creative to regional weather conditions. It will be followed by a new push in autumn.com on a warm day in the capital will see a "sunny. may appear to be cutting their own throats by passing those customers onto the search engines.Adpack is also an educational and lateral thinking tool designed to catalyse the brainstorming process and is an ideal way of including the people who know the business best (the staff) in the process. Expandable skyscraper ads predominantly targeting London's office workers will show maps of the UK displaying the weather in different regions. like newspapers and yellow pages publishers. But the publishers argue that they are taking advantage of the chance to make additional money.com's range of services and is based on the "great British summer". Yell. Channel 4 and Big Brother.com is launching a suite of seasonal interactive ad campaigns. The first wave of creative. involves home-page takeovers on Tiscali and Yahoo!. and targets information sites including Trainline. Source: [gizmag] Weather Targeting Yell. Source: [Revolution Magazine] Adsense Middlemen The New York Times: Consider this somewhat strange development: search engines like Google and Yahoo have become so proficient at attracting advertising that even competitors. The ads suggest a suitable activity according to the city it is viewed from: a user logging on to www. London Eating and Streetmap. The campaign. running until July. Source: [The New York Times] . while also studying the search engines closely enough to determine a long-term strategy to compete with them. the ad might suggest visitors search its directory for bowling alleys. are now selling ads on their behalf. developed by agency AKQA with media planning from i-level. with a real-time weather feed triggering different creative executions depending on local conditions.thisislondon. which is owned by the Hearst Corporation. where the Internet companies have had limited success. Newspapers like The Houston Chronicle. which exist solely to serve the local advertiser that Google and Yahoo covet. If it is wet. and creative is further tailored to the site it is placed on: users of Property Finder will see an execution tailored to those searching for a house on a hot summer's day. The Raft.
for example. said he started placing search ads more than a year ago and is spending a couple of thousand dollars a month on the promotion. with support from several major game publishers and mainstream advertisers such as Coca-Cola and Intel. of Valley Cottage.Dynamic In-Game Advertising Be prepared for such moments to become a regular occurrence. Massive will take advertising to another level by serving up dynamic ads.12 - . and it could be hawking soft drinks one day and the latest Vin Diesel movie the next. Shag a deep fly ball in the latest baseball game. with developers of sports games in particular financing much of their work through product placement fees. "I can't tell you that we get an extra million a year in business. The online ads are taking the place of advertising in an annual industrial directory and dozens of monthly trade magazines for engineers eager to buy adhesives and coatings that can withstand 3." "high-temperature adhesives" and "machinable ceramics" aren't even in the same league as "Britney Spears" when it comes to popular Web searches. said Nicholas Longano. but the newest wave in creative branding is loud and difficult to miss…at least if you live in New York City with Floyd ." Schwartz said. In-game advertising has become a growing source of revenue for publishers over the past few years. Source: [CNet] It's Online Ads For Small Businesses "Heat-resistant coatings.000-degree temperatures for use in hair dryers and halogen headlights. But for Aremco Products Inc.HALLS Fruit Breezers lets you hear it all too! Tattooing advertisements on body parts is old news.. Aremco only pays when a potential customer clicks on a link. listen up . for example. they're golden. To make sure Aremco's Web site comes up when they do. Peter Schwartz. Source: [USAToday] Voicevertising Just when you think you've seen it all in the world of marketing. Pass a virtual billboard in the latest "Splinter Cell" counterterrorism game. thanks to a new service that inserts dynamic ads into video games. but our order frequency is up 20% to 30%. New York start-up Massive is set to launch its in-game advertising network on Monday. the company bids from 50 cents to $3 to be part of the list of "sponsored" links that appear above and to the right of the primary search engine results. and the outfield fence will probably be emblazoned with paid ads from real companies. That's because the customers for Aremco's high-temperature coatings and adhesives are typing those words into search engines such as Yahoo! and Google.Y. After several months of beta testing. chief marketing officer for the Los Angeles-based company. N. president and chief operating officer at Aremco.
) It's a contemporary spin on the traditional town crier. put his "voicevertising" services up for sale on eBay.13 - .. more taste" claims to the U. a throat drop that cools and soothes dry.000 consumers conducted by the Institute for Perception. elevators. (Don't worry…he will be allowed to sleep. which Hayes is likely to experience on this mission. HALLS Fruit Breezers purchased Hayes' voice on eBay." The National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus says it is now referring Anheuser-Busch's challenge of Miller Brewing's "More flavor. It's about this ad war between Miller and Anheuser-Busch about whether Lite or Bud Light tastes better.e. pitting A-B versus Miller products.no matter what location or situation. Miller points to blind taste "perception" tests of 400. which already is reviewing the Milwaukee brewer's campaign for fairness and truthfulness. hoarse. clubs.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. Va. and what brand could be more fitting to purchase the services than HALLS Fruit Breezers. NY resident.Hayes. scratchy throats. Richmond. offering to shout out a brand name every fifteen minutes for an entire week -. i. weddings or even business meetings. in a unique advertising deal that may leave you…well. or has "more taste. Floyd Hayes. subways. Source: [PRNewswire] Tasteless Beer Advertising No. bars. this is not about buxom bikini-clad women riding Clydesdales or SpongeBob holding a longneck. A-B charged that the tests were improperly conducted and the ads may leave consumers to think Miller beers were preferred over the AB's brands. Source: [Businessweek Online] . a Brooklyn.
renewable energy source.com Electric Cars While they might resemble luxe golf carts. the famous clothing company is bringing out a pair of "sustainable" jeans to satisfy environmentalists. the dye is from natural compounds include indigo and the label is from recycled cardboard.14 - . owners spend around $180 dollars/year to run their cars with a clean. When you ‘Find’ an item. When ‘Dumping’. simply post your photos or a video together with a description of the item. there are no metal rivets. . From the website: "Recycle your unwanted clutter or anything you deem as being uselessexcluding your Partner! Visitors can ‘Dump’ anything they want to get rid of . this dealership’s LSVs (low speed vehicles) offer Austin area residents a new alternative to gas-fueled travel. particularly those who spend hours a day in their cars driving over 35 mph (many LSVs can only be driven on roads with a 35MPH sign posted). Source: [TrendCentral] Organic Levi's For the first time since it started making trousers for cowboys more than 100 years ago.anything goes for FREE! Connect with Dumpers and Finders of useful items by logging into MY Account or Registering. The cotton is organic. In turn. From antiques and art to cars. TV’s and furniture . street and neighbourhood waste and the item is in the possession of someone who can make the most of it and use it again and again and again!" Source: UsefulGarbage. Useful Garbage.Useful Garbage Reader Mark Nagurski alerted us to the Ebay of dumped and useless items. with a one charge per day frequency. ask the dumper further questions or make an offer to obtain the item. If you cannot do either.for someone else to ‘find’ and take off their hands. At 50 cents per charge (power for approximately 40 miles). just post your description. it’s definitely a step in the right direction. While this is clearly not an option for many. we all contribute to minimising landfill disposals. the button on the waistband is made of coconut shell.
" which cost up to $80 a year and which are designed to offset the emissions a car spews into the air during that period. Source: [Daily Mail] Burning Garbage A Florida county has grand plans to ditch its dump.about 120 megawatts a day -. But the tags. the cotton will come from Turkey. the Atlanta-based company building and paying for the plant. Lucie County will use lightning-like plasma arcs to turn trash into gas and rock-like material. The $425 million facility expected to be built in St.000 tons of garbage a day.As the factory is in Hungary. a zippy Volkswagen Passat. is expected to vaporize 3.. both longtime oil-industry veterans. Hughes and his wife. The 100. Source: [BusinessWeek] . businesses have watched Europe and Japan adopt tough regulations on carbon emissions and say the tags could help them prepare for similar developments in the U. Hughes checked out the service online last August and then forked over $129 for two TerraPass windshield decals.S. TerraPass pools its members' fees and invests them in clean energy production.all by vaporizing garbage at temperatures hotter than parts of the sun. Yet when Hughes heard last year about an environmental startup called TerraPass Inc. which are linked with global warming.4. TerraPass is channeling the good intentions of individual consumers concerned about carbon emissions.will be gone in 18 years.that will be sold back to the grid. free from outside electricity. zoom around Houston in no-compromise vehicles. though skeptics question whether the technology can meet the lofty expectations. His. U. According to reports the first pairs in the US will sell for 250 dollars each.S. green constituency. The facility will operate on about a third of the power it generates. slated to be operational in two years. around £140 here. which are now America's fastest-growing alternative-energy product. Hers. a Nissan Xterra SUV. It will be the first such plant in the nation operating on such a massive scale and the largest in the world.15 - . County officials estimate their entire landfill -. Source: [Wired] Green Pass Martin Hughes is not your typical hybrid-driving.3 million tons of trash collected since 1978 -. Supporters say the process is cleaner than traditional trash incineration. aren't simply a marketing vehicle. The Menlo Park (Calif. generate electricity and help build roads -. After taking a small cut of each sale. and other materials will come from Europe too. including wind power. U.000-square-foot plant. clean-energy fanatic. combustible gas produced in the process will be used to run turbines to create electricity -. the nearest available source. Synthetic. Not that it will stop the trendy trousers from having a hefty price tag. companies are also adopting the certificates. in part because they wish to cater to this growing. to cut down on long distant transport and associated fuel costs.S. he was intrigued. according to Geoplasma.) company sells "green tags. at least to start off with. No byproduct will go unused.
relatively low-tech rooftop devices which capture the sun's energy to provide water for baths and washing and are at the forefront of a renewable energy drive. DVD player. a three-bladed fan (1.75 m in diameter) that connects to a building's standard mains supply. although for a luxury home this could rise to 18.250). enough to run a TV.500 yuan ($190). is the largest in a fragmented and almost entirely Chinese market.000 yuan ($2. Source: [Reuters] . His company has earned a fortune manufacturing solar heaters. known mainly as the place where a Filipino king died. consumers could earn back their initial investment in less than 6 years. with noise levels comparable to the sound of a person talking at normal volume. they soon pay for themselves.500. "We are at 15 to 20 percent annual growth and I don't see that slowing down.16 - . Engineers from British Gas will supply and install all equipment for GBP 1. Source: [TRENDWATCHING. With technology so efficient they can work at temperatures well below freezing and under cloudy or smog-choked skies. The turbine is quiet. visiting scholar at Beijing's Tsinghua University. with a share of around 14 percent.Cheap and effective enough to make economic sense to middle-class urbanites. Huang's basic models start at around 1. With government-funded rebates and subsidies. Windsave is now partnering with British Gas to market and install roof-top turbines. Huang Ming hopes hot water will help put it on the map. computer. trials will be carried out in Scotland and South-West England later this year." Huang says his Dezhou-based firm. said Eric Martinot. At least 30 million Chinese households now have one and last year the country accounted for around 80 percent of the world market. British/Scottish Windsave launched the Windsave 1000 system. China Himin Solar Energy Group. It produces approximately 1kw of electricity.COM] 30 Million Solar Water Heaters Dusty Dezhou was relegated to the footnotes of Chinese history for centuries. fridge/freezer and several lights. he says. Sensing a real opportunity. Now. One of consumers’ major complaints though is the lack of making a real impact: separating bottles and papers only goes so far. and it's projected that the turbines will save households up to GBP 100 on their annual electricity bills. And the mayor is using his heating success as the basis for a bid to follow British University town Oxford and Australia's Adelaide as host of an international solar congress.Windsave Saves You Money Continuing concerns about climate change and skyrocketing energy prices are fuelling interest in alternative sources of energy.
that would generate its own electricity and thus be "unplugged" from the power grid. laptops. or more realistically window sill space. Once freed the buffalo would lounge around the rice field and the mechanical energy stored was turned into electrical energy to power ten light bulbs. Source: [Cool Hunting] Alpaca Farming Urban escapists looking for the perfect artisanal farm like the idea of raising animals for fun and profits that don’t involve slaughter. but you can tailor the recipe to your taste. The engine was driven by the muscle power of an albino Buffalo. mobile phones. Garden in a Bag. Alpine Strawberry or MiniTomato. the packaging has to be made out of material that is generally not recyclable nor compostable. available at Wishing Fish. The buffalo worked a few hours a day to lift a steel counterweight. For $8 per bag you can get organic Basil. Italian Parsley. In order to keep Clif Bars fresh. A little start up called Matisse & Jack's seems to have an solution for those people seeking a better packaging solution for their energy bars: They sell the mix to bake them yourself at home. Source: [Triple Pundit] Clean Gardening About this time of year green thumb urbanites are struggling to find corners of land. Not only is it better from a sustainability concept. have a bunch of fun. Small . makes the process a bit smoother by including all the necessary elements to grow various herbs and even some vegetables.17 - . and recognizes them as one of the more admirable companies out there by just about any measure related to the integrated bottom line.packaging. But there's one problem that Clif bar has never been able to solve . Source: [we make money not art] DIY Energy Bars Everyone loves Clif Bar. Oregano. to grow a few little herbs or vegetables.Muscle Energy Hybrid Muscle was both a work and exhibition space. Lavender. Chives. They’re cute as heck and they can fetch big bucks: One alpaca stud recently sold for over half a million dollars. built in Chiang Maï in Thaïland. and know exactly what you put into it.
which is rated at 2. To build the hybrids. Then it slaps in the long-life lead-acid battery bank. more knotted-up city dwellers and retirees are joining the padded-foot stampede. the world's biggest hybrid. fuel tank. developer of the Green Goat. make way for the Green Goat. with many of them clustered in the Pacific Northwest (Seattle Times 4.enough to pull 88 rail cars. believes the hybrid locomotive is an ideal way to reduce fuel costs and air pollution in switching yards. Handweavers and knitters pay several dollars an ounce for raw alpaca fiber. executive vice president of the Canadian company.wonder alpaca farming is catching on with rurbanites. the company strips older locomotives of their engine and cab but keeps the same frame. Source: [Iconoculture] The Green Goat Hybrid cars. RailPower says the Green Goat uses 40 percent to 60 percent less fuel and emits 80 percent to 90 percent fewer pollutants than conventional train engines. Source: [Wired] . RailPower Technologies. The Green Goat is a diesel-electric hybrid in which the normal massive diesel locomotive engine is replaced by a 290-horsepower inline 6-cylinder diesel truck engine and a 600-volt battery bank. who love raising the gentle South American creatures and selling their soft. luxuriant fleece. said Simon Clarke. trucks and buses have already hit the road. RailPower Technologies says the added weight of the batteries actually helps improve the Green Goat's pulling power. Now. brakes and electric traction motors. up from 626 in 1994. which is fine enough for wedding gowns and sturdy enough for rugs. The batteries supply the power needed to drive the electric traction motors on the wheels of this 280. It's a 2.000-pound "goat." Goat is railroad lingo for the smaller locomotives used for moving rail cars around over short distances.188 members. To meet rising demand.18 - .000-horsepower locomotive that radically reduces fuel consumption and emissions of pollutants. The Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association now boasts 4.6.000 horsepower -.05).
In March. Source: [Trendsetters] . but let's face it – chocolate rooms are more about indulgence. Playful. you need look no further than last week’s Art Basel Miami Beach show. While the visceral appeal of art is always high. tea cups. shot glasses and jewelry. Source: [Iconoculture] Art If you need more evidence that art is hot. but Staite's Food Is Art catalog also includes one-offs like plates. artists and glitterati from all over the world to the already sizzling surroundings of South Beach. And leave it to the Swiss to bring an event to the land of eternal plastic that exemplifies America’s chief economical driving force: shopping. which doesn't come cheaply in this case.Chocolate Rooms The deliciously interactive rooms have graced some of England's most elaborate society parties. Food Is Art claims to provoke deep thoughts about our relationship with food. which attracted an eclectic mix of collectors. Consumers gravitate toward experiences that challenge and stimulate all their senses. What other “mall” lets you buy a Picasso for $13 million? Or has a fleet of BMWs ready to wisk its big-spending clientele to their next high-profile appointment? It’s perhaps even more noteworthy that Miami has moved to the forefront of art and entertainment. the Winter Music Conference will occupy the center stage of heat. whimsical and delicious? Art has never been more enticing.19 - . it has reached even greater heights now that luxury is back in vogue. Here San Francisco artist Tim Gaskin shows off his Hotel Des Arts room. The hot art market is behind the art hotel phenomenon.
Your journey begins in the museum's Contemporary Space.Music in the Museum London's Victoria and Albert Museum has a new exhibition that completely transforms the entire process of visiting a gallery with its innovative sound installations. 'Shhh. One of my mechanics has a J&C with a case that melted from doing this trick. Five-fuel flexibility is intended to make it easier for consumers to fuel up on locally produced/available energy sources.. Sounds in Spaces'. ranging from large-scale soundscapes to spoken pieces in response to a single art object. methane.. to musicians like Roots Manuva. close the hood as well as you can. lay it inside the engine well. The contributors vary from big names like Gillian Wearing and Jeremy Deller. Consumers who want to embrace alternative fuels appreciate vehicles that run on whatever's at hand. no stretching jumper cables between cars. I tend to keep mine in my car. but it's not dead yet. isn't it? Source: [BBC Feature] Car Broke Down? Mechanics here in Boston call this a "jump kit. is unique in that the V&A museum has invited 10 different musicians and artists to provide sound-pieces to accompany the collection of sculpture. a vehicle prototype capable of running on gasoline. Gasoline may have new competition. 20lb.20 - . ethanol. Source: [Cool Tools] Various Fuels on Car But will it run on empty? In June 2006. The exhibition. 12V battery with built-in 12v/120v charger. no jockeying the live car to kiss bumpers. natural gas and Hythane (a trademarked hydrogen-methane blend). and with built-in jumper cables attached. where visitors collect headphones. and drive to the shop. a custom-made MP3 player and a map that leads them through the series of sound installations. so it's quick & easy to help anyone who needs a jump. A cute trick for a dead alternator is to hook up the jump kit. and David Byrne. Now that's 'modern' art. Source: [Iconoculture] . furniture and fasion in the different rooms and spaces. Infra-red sensors throughout the museum trigger the in-ear soundtracks which vary dramatically from space to space. The Multi-Fuel earned a gold medal in the emissions category and a silver in the carbon dioxide emissions contest. The Jump-N-Carry is a much easier way to jump a car. but it still works fine." It's a briefcasesized. Volvo showcased its Multi-Fuel.
) Kengurus are electrically powered. make and price.790. horsepower and acceleration.000 (EUR 10.50. But the resemblance stops there. the driver opens the extra large back hatch and rolls inside while remaining seated in his wheelchair.250 / USD 12. which automatically locks into place inside the car. To get in. CarSpotter valuations are priced at EUR 1. the Kenguru is a small vehicle that drivers can roll into without leaving their wheelchairs. and the number to text to is 2020. Kenguru is small. Listed price is HUF 2. Source: [Springwise] . Although the service was meant to improve price transparency and the balance of information between dealers and buyers. Made to hold one passenger in a manual wheelchair. CarSpotter also works for motorcycles. and reach speeds of 35-40 km/hour.21 - . texting their employer or neighbour's license plate to find out how much their car is worth. Besides year. stylish and cheerful vehicle whose contours are similar to those of a Smart car. A joystick instead of a steering wheel means that drivers with limited arm mobility can comfortably control the vehicle. the Kenguru doesn't have doors or seats. making them best suited to relatively short commutes.980). (Source: Index. Source: [Springwise] The Kenguru Made in Hungary. CarSpotter sends users details on a vehicle's maximum speed.920 / GBP 6. it turns out that people also use CarSpotter for fun.Car Worth By SMS Dutch CarSpotter also offers consumers price information by sms to guide them through sales and negotiating. have a range of 40-60 km. Designed by Zsolt Varga.
At the end of April. Facing growing competition from the likes of Home Depot Inc. many gas stations. Some are even washing the family dog. indeed. "Fine Technology. anticipates opening more. I'm feeling absolutely fine. too. Meanwhile. they clean the car in a garage-like bay that consultants say is cheaper to install and operate. owned by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Wal-Mart already has five Murphy Oil Corp. But technological shifts that have cut labor costs are making the car-wash business more profitable and attracting a number of new and formidable entrants. compared with 30 horsepower previously) that have cut out the need for human dryers at the end. Honda is feeling fine. Many Years From Now Fine.22 - . Some are promising shorter cleaning times and opening plush waiting rooms with Wi-Fi service. oil and water. in whose Fine-X you can discover that "Ecology and Emotion meet in a fun-to-drive time in which you can enjoy the joy of steering freely at will". Home Depot opened convenience stores with gas stations and car washes earlier this year at two stores in the Nashville. Some companies. Car washes are also automating payment and finding ways for drivers to load their cars onto the conveyer belts or into the wash without humans helping. Feel FINE!" is its motor show motto. it hopes to open another location in Atlanta later this year and more down the road. And there's more fine-ness at Toyota. high flow valve technology in the plug and socket assembly automatically interrupts the flow of fluid when disconnected to protect against hazardous gas leaks or potential hot oil spills. The technological changes include more-powerful drying systems (100-plus horsepower. Offering the best of safety and performance. even at 200 psi. opened a test car wash at a Seattle store. thanks to four independently steering wheels able to turn . using equipment that adjusts to accommodate vehicles of different sizes. area. because the jet lag has worn off and I'm at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show. Nine Sam's Club locations now have car washes.The New Car Wash The battle is on to primp your ride. Others are pitching Netflix-style discount plans in which customers pay monthly for unlimited washes. Fine Times. and the company. you can enjoy steering the Fine-X nose-first into a parking space then sliding the rear end in to complete the manoeuvre. and Sam's Club. Their lightweight. Designed by racers for racers. each fitting is tested and proven to have a 100% leak proof seal. including Home Depot. Specifically. Source: [Truck Blog] Cars.. Costco Wholesale Corp. Tenn. car washes at its stores. have dispensed with the conveyer belt. car washes around the country are launching new services aimed at grabbing customers' interest. and they look really cool too. Source: [StartupJournal. Fine words. The changes are striking in a conservative business long dominated by mom-and-pops and small chains. they are available for most fluid applications: fuel.. and even car dealerships have expanded their car-wash operations. convenience-store and gas chains like QuikTrip Corp.com] Jiffy-tite Quick-Connect Fluid Fittings Those of you who actually take your truck down to the tracks on the weekend will certainly appreciate Jiffy-tite® Quick-Connect fluid fittings.
O. sleek FCX concept. whose "vertical flow" cells are so compact they can fit into the structure's backbone. rollout flooring and has wide sliding doors to keep dogs happy. As you might expect. low. there's a special seat belt attached to the floor.sideways.W. It's a parkophobic's dream. which stands for "wonderful openhearted wagon. "We created this vehicle from the point of view of a dog." said Honda designer Katsuhito Nakamura. And back at Honda we find fuel-cell technology pushed ever further with the long. The W. A bigger crate pops up from the floor in the back seat area and can be folded back into the floor when it's not needed." features a special crate for dogs in the glove apartment to allow owners to interact with their pets on the road. Source: [Popgadget] . able also to do an about-face in its own length by steering each wheel through 45 degrees and making the rear wheels rotate in the opposite direction from the front ones. but it turned out to be a gentler vehicle for the elderly. the Fine-X with its vast gullwing doors and vegetablematter. For bigger dogs. Concept. in a show strong on hybrids and cars powered by electric fuel cells. You can also feed the FCX the hydrogen it needs from Honda's Home Energy Station. children and other family members.W comes with removable. washable. which converts natural gas into hydrogen and minimal carbon dioxide.O.23 - . CO2-neutral interior features both technologies. Source: [The Independent] Pet Friendly Vehicle The W.
He posts the submissions on his company's Web site. executed by David Howell. Fluevog hasn't just been presenting ideas about shoes and style to customers." "Customers want to express themselves." To date. There are a couple of interesting recent examples: Marketing services companies are notoriously bad at marketing themselves and most of the big companies house their employees in cubicle ridden offices that look like insurance companies. even sneakers with flair. invites visitors to vote for their favorites and manufactures and sells the most promising designs. whose workspace has become the brand.030-square-foot. principal of David Howell Design. people would hand me a drawing of their personal design for a shoe or ask if I had considered an idea they liked. to be involved with the brand. This program is a natural outgrowth of that desire for connection. He calls it all "open source footwear. The Fahrenheit 212 logo and the bold signature palette of white. Source: [NY times] Sapphire Inspired .Workspace Brands Companies are increasingly coming to terms with the idea that the workspace. Fluevog said in an interview at the John Fluevog Shoes boutique on Newbury Street in Boston. Source: [Influx Insights] Linking with Consumers Over the last few years.24 - . Mr. he has also been soliciting ideas from them — encouraging brand enthusiasts to submit their own sketches for leather boots. high-heeled dress shoes." Mr. is an under-utilized brand asset. but not the strangely named Fahrenheit 212 ( A unit of Saatchi). "For so long. the company has chosen nearly 300 finalists from the flow of sketches into Vancouver — and introduced 10 shoes based on customer designs. gray and an orange as bright as goldfish are ubiquitous in the 5. though. eighth-floor offices.
000 people visited the store. More than 1. stunning wallpaper from fashion designer Jonathan Saunders and lounge furniture created by Luisa Ruge. Source: [Trendwatching] VO Gloves Vaughn Outdoor (VO). in which the tree is either hung from the ceiling or supported by a weighted base on the floor. To advance the line for the ’07 season. Surface Magazine and Bombay Sapphire launched the week long “Sapphire Inspired” pop-up store at the Bathhouse Studios in New York. Source: [fibre2fashion. "They're very unusual and most people have never seen anything like them. the world’s largest young entrepreneur contest in the sports equipment industry. College Gardens Christmas Shoppe. began carrying the "umbrella" and "mushroom" trees this year due to their bizarre appearance and ability to intrigue customers. On sale were limited edition items like a Sapphire inspired martini glass entitled "Broken Martini" by emerging designer Dror Benshetrit. announces the launch of 15 new VO glove and mitten designs with the hands-free access. eager to surprise either random passers-by or those select few who were in the know. VO teamed up with Wendall Tremblay of WTC Consultants for sales. an Ice Chandelier by designer Eva Menz.. marketing and counsel on VO glove research and development. Here’s a long list of spottings over the last 6 months or so (ammunition!). just copy and paste into your brand presentation you'll give to your boss or. "People like the way the ornaments hang and the fact that more presents can be fit under the tree. if you yourself are the boss. makers of the CZiP design that frees winter athletes from the inconvenience of taking gloves off at inopportune times. The product designs were tested by the U. Military in Alaska and Afghanistan under extreme weather conditions. to your team: Sapphire Inspired | Last November. VO gloves also received the Riri Sportswear Accessories Award of the 2006 ISPO BrandNew competition.com] Inverted Christmas Trees Hang a shining star upon the lowest bough -. 2481 Commercial Blvd.25 - . The latest trend in artificial Christmas trees seems to be the "inverted" style. Local Christmas vendors are clamoring for the inverted evergreens." .So let's start with a slew of what can now be considered ‘traditional’ pop-up BRAND SPACES. many of them of the fast-fashion type.the world of Christmas trees is being flipped upside-down." owner Steve DuBois said.S.
NWA's classic "Straight Outta Compton. convenience and customization come with a price." all in different two-hue colorways. actually) with kids 1 to 6. Ziprips are anything but basic. Si Hill Design has been getting a lot of praise for his clever (w)rapping paper that features the instantly recognizable lyrics to popular rap songs. "but you don't sell a lot. The adjust-for-growth concept has proven popular with toys and furniture . "Everybody loves them and are curious about them. DuBois said. Source: [Cool Hunting] . upside-down trees are a hard sale." the embarrassment of Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice Baby" and House of Pain's "Jump Around. the cost may offset any inherent practicality. click for detail). Source: [Iconoculture] Rapping Paper Though not quite in production yet.26 - . But like most products. Ziprips are a line of stylish adjustable separates that grow up (down. Ziprips represent yet another practical solution from mompreneurs. Fashion-forward Eurasian designs appeal to hip mamas who already buy unique boutique brands. Sugar Hill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" (pictured left. dresses and overalls are designed with inserts that quickly add or remove extra length from hip to hem. Mix and matchable. The UK-based designer's prototypes include the old school.Although the shock factor of the holiday trend is attractive. Each article comes with a larger insert that keeps Ziprips a perfect fit for up to three sizes. but Mom's only recourse against growth upspurts and dryer-induced shrinkage used to be cuffs or cut-offs. Pants. To strictly price-driven parents." he said." Source: [The Daily Collegian Online] Growing Clothes For Growing Kids Adjustable-waist pants solve fit issues width-wise. The pun of the gift wrap itself is as funny as it is to read the familiar words in print. skirts.
namely grain husks and natural binding agents. EcoForm is currently only available on the West Coast of the United States. opt for robotic arms. Instead. Under average use and conditions. No-lag. When it comes to telecom needs. For consumers who know what they want. Combining sustainability with eco-chic. The products were developed by Sweetwater Nurseries in cooperation with an Asian manufacturing partner.27 - . in both decorative and grower lines. travelers crave access and convenience – not mad scrambles to closed electronics stores. decomposition will take place. Source: [Springwise] Motorola Vending Machine Forget pushy sales clerks or waiting for online orders. they'll last five years and are freeze and thaw resistant. Motorola's robot retail stores are to be placed in high-traffic areas. Like Staples' vending machine effort.Pots EcoForm pots are made from by-products of renewable and sustainable crops. Motorola's hoping their anytime convenience will draw travelers and other off-hours shoppers. Once discarded into a landfill. Source:[Iconoculture] .Eco. Finding cellphone chargers and replacing must-have celly accessories on the road? Brutal. the pots have a smooth finish and come in a variety of shapes and natural colours. sold at nurseries and green-minded retailers such as Whole Foods. salespeople just get in the way. Motorola is rolling out Instantmoto vending machines that will sell cellphones and other celly stuff at malls and airports across the country. not shop. 24-7 access is key for consumers who want to buy.
market and distribute Tide Liquid Detergent Travel Sink Packets. How in the world are you supposed to get your message across? Well. making laundering a few items by hand simple and convenient when traveling.Laundry Packs Cotton Buds Inc. Love. Good Luck. we’re spilling the beans. or music note).28 - . Source: [DailyCandy] . and voilà! A week later the bean sprouts and the message is revealed. Source: [Brand Noise] Happy Birthday Beans Greeting cards are so passé. adds water to the soil. and skywriting is bad for the environment. The deals are designed to combine P&G's trademarks. Housed in an adorable aluminum can. four-leaf clover. a heart. or Happy Birthday) and a complementary image (the Japanese character for thanks. Singing telegrams work only in the movies. each already planted bean is laser-printed with a message (Thank You. technology and/or know-how with strong outside companies to drive innovation and deliver mutually positive business results. This is the latest in a growing number of external business agreements struck by Cincinnati-based P&G. The new product offers consumers their favorite laundry detergent in single-use "sink" packets. The recipient simply peels off the foil top. The style-setting Japanese have done it again. has been granted an exclusive license from P&G to produce. creating the perfect vehicle for all your well wishes: the message bean. E-cards? Totally tacky.
But they’re so bright. When you push down on SquidSoap's dispenser.) If you really want to work it like Career Woman Barbie. It takes about 15 to 20 seconds to get everything off. The cases have small hearts on the front and come in a mishmash of pick-it-yourself colors. The Bank's screen shows you the life of a stick man who starts out as a poor pleb in a cupboard-sized apartment and develops into a rich bastard lounging under a chandelier on the 500 yen coins you feed him. out of Wichita Falls. You're supposed to keep washing your hands until you remove all the black ink. two external pockets. and whimsical that you’ll feel like you’re carrying Sweet Valley High and magic markers instead of the McClarin file and your overdue bills. for Gals Going for office sophisticate? Look the part in a sensible pantsuit and pumps.000 savings target. and an interior sleeve. Like Plastic People’s laptop cases.Life Bank TakaraTomy have come up with another great. Source: [DailyCandy] Kids Soap A new product called. claims it's also a toy. it shoots a small amount of black ink with the soap. TX. the riff on the coin bank that the 21st century has been waiting for. wacky product in the Life Bank (Jinsei Ginkou). They’re functional. all the while counting you down to your up-to-Y100.29 - . LP. Custom made of vinyl. But lose the fake glasses and bun. with a half-inch of safety padding. The company that makes this. you’ll need plastic accessories. Squidsoap. because the . You can stick with the conservative black-on-beige (investment banker) or the splashier red-on-yellow combo (freelancer/unemployed). Source: [dottocomu] Plastic Cool. (That’s more porn librarian. they look plastic (hence the name). "SquidSoap" is designed to teach kids good habits in washing their hands thoroughly. cheery. Then you open up the box and find he actually has spent all your money on 8-bit hos and lo-rez champagne.
Described as a "Wrist Water Bottle". quietly keeping track of the ticking on your behalf. Feinberg is currently testing his Repellem Garbage Bags. for a total of 11oz when you have one on each wrist. Source [Entrepreneur. Your bathroom cabinet is heaving with all sorts of antiaging creams.orange-colored squid tentacles that adorn the bottle is stretchable. each unit holds 5. He asked a chemist friend to help him create a scent offensive to animals and insects but pleasant to humans. so he decided to come up with a new type of bag that would discour-age them by both scent and color. or package. Once it’s activated. But when it comes to the contents of your fridge. Imagine. and vitamins. the unique bottle weighs one-half pound. kids having fun with handsoap. began researching his product three years ago. but you’ll be able to spot the stinky culprit without using your nose. which sell for about $13 to $15 per box. The company claims its also helps keep your body temperature cool. The Timestrip also works on bottles of medicine. "I can't [count] how many times I went outside and found my garbage ripped apart in the street. He was tired of having pests and animals snooping around his garbage bags." Feinberg says.5oz of water or sports drink. bottle. He predicts 2006 sales will be between $1 million and $2 million. You avoid the sun. you’ve given up on the battle of the dates. Feinberg. . stick a Timestrip on it. When fully loaded. Source: [DailyCandy] Wrist Bottle A company called HydroSport is marketing a new water bottle that fits on your wrist. Next time you open a jar. the genius product counts down to expiration. Source: [Strange New Product] Trash Without Pest Terry Feinberg was seeing red. It’s a time warp inside there — 2month-old eggs alongside 2-year-old blueberry jam. providing you with some additional exercise. You’re waging a war against time. So not only will you avoid finding a thick layer of furry mold inside the mayo jar. in more than 100 Petco stores and is negotiating to have his product appear on QVC. the owner of a health-care and beauty product distribution company. providing kids with hours of fun.com] Tracking Time You don’t smoke. And it shows. cleaning products.30 - .
Now.31 - . so you can always find what you're looking for. they're available in a variety of colors. mesh bags for keeping toys -. Aesthetically. who are we to judge?). They are easy to stack and see through. and even come in kids sizes.99. Source: [Orlando Sentinel] Foot Technology Walkers are standing up and taking note of Masai Barefoot Technology (MBT) trainers. the chunky-soled shoes create a rocking motion that improves posture and balance. Source: [Strange New Products] Neat Nets Forget those plain-Jane plastic bags for storing your child's toys. There are three different colors in each package.orderly and visible.At $9. Visit parentsofinvention.99 each. but they promise to turn shuffling along into a core workout. these shoes look more orthopedic than Orvis (although with the popularity of things like CROCS.com. there's an easy and practical way to store everything from building blocks to action figures. Cost is $9. Neat Nets by Parents of Invention are colorful. The company will even offer to put your logo on them. . Based on the erect barefoot stride of Africa’s Masai tribe.or most anything else -.
like I said. I'm a sucker for packaging. and Body Cooler® has a way to keep people cool and healthy in the heat. no matter how often I try and reuse them. thanks to the wide variety of Body Cooler® style and sizes available. through the safety and security of Yahoo. The special cooling polymers will soak up the cool water and expand to about 1” in thickness. but these ARE machine washable. But rocking out doesn’t come cheap: They cost $245 to $265 a pair.bodycooler. you can just use plastic ziplock bags to organize your stuff. I realize that dirty. spoiled baby clothes and messy foods are better off in a plastic ziplock. Each piece is activated by soaking it in cool water.32 - . but I'm a sucker for nice packaging and feel a bit guilty every time I throw a ziplock away. Yeah. cooling your neck and spinal area. Source: [Iconoculture] Body Cooler® The hot summer months are fast approaching. The subsidiary of Akemi Inc. on your head.com under the umbrella of Yahoo Small Business. hiking boots and running shoes. You may then place the creatively designed Body Cooler® securely around your neck.. Source: [BabyGadget] ..The MBT style range includes nursing clogs. has recently completed a complete overhaul of their website and re-launched www. or shoulders to protect you from the dangers of heat exhaustion. Source: [PRWeb] Diaper Bags Sure. sandals. head. Each Body Cooler® is designed to be worn on a specific part of the body and is made in sections so the polymer will stay in place. or even over your entire torso. The popular vest that cools the entire upper body is only 2-3 pounds in weight and can comfortably keep the body cool for hours. online customers can purchase the specially designed polymer-based cooling product that rests on your neck. Now. These attractive ziplock pouches are made from 100% cotton with mesh backing so you can see the contents at a glance.
Source: [Gizmodo] Gifts of Experiences In recent years. or I’ll shoot you with this … teddy bear? The Teddy Bear Gun capitalizes on a cutesy trend in Japan where wedding guests throw teddy bears at wedding receptions instead of rice or bouquets. and his co-founders. Xperience Days lets customers give an opportunity of a lifetime as a gift. a shoulder strap headphone port. The sleek design includes a built-in toilet paper holder and a removable soft deflector shield for training boys. The bright green Potty Bench has two enclosed side storage spaces for organizing training supplies. The Burton Solar Amp pack retails for $299.000 for a private zero-gravity flight. research shows consumers are looking for gifts that are unique--not your run-ofthe-mill department-store gift cards. Just close the lid and presto – you've got a sturdy sink stool or mini-seat to sit on while the kids are in the bath.33 - . which is common in the United Kingdom. the party crackers will go on sale this month. have just come out with their latest invention. Source: [Chip Chick] Potty Bench Boon. sanitary cleanup.iPod Bag The Burton Solar Amp Pack is designed to compliment your iPod. 29. and a pullout drawer for easy. makers of the fun and practical Frog Pod. and Robb Young. 37. here it’s made easy with a simple touch of a button. As one of the first companies to catch on to this trend. Pull the trigger and the tiny plush bear is catapulted into the air. knew would be a . 34. We would almost consider getting this if it was available in other colors besides "natural hemp. this unique training potty manages to combine modern style and ergonomic features at an affordable price. Made by paintball gun manufacturer Sunamiya. the Potty Bench. and it even has a side-entry compartment to store your laptop. And like their first release. Michelle Geib." which looks like it will pick up plenty of natural dirt.The average cost of the gift certificates is $275 to $300--prices range from $65 for a trapeze lesson to $110. If teddy bear throwing sounds like a lot of work to you. Source: [UrbanBaby Daily] Teddy Bear Cracker Step away from the limousine. The concept of giving experiences. was an idea that UK native Bishop. it’ll float safely back to earth thanks to its tiny parachute. padded and ergonomic shoulder straps. and once airborne. It also has a molded iPod storage pocket. It has an integrated Apple iPod control system with a SOFTswitch control pad on the shoulder strap.95.
founder of Newtown. UpTown Bella ends this dilemma with a collection of laptop bags that combine fashion and functionality. Every UpTown Bella bag is well-thought out. but it's adults who have to carry the diaper bags--and the Granvilles had a hunch that something fashionable would be a hit. But typically." Source: [Entrepreneur] Give Ordinary Products a New Life A stapler that staples up to 60 pages with even the lightest touch of a pinkie finger. gadgets. cell phones.S. Pennsylvania." says Todd Moses. we entered a parallel universe of really bad brands. a diaper bag that's runway-ready--they all point to one trend: In even the most seemingly ordinary product categories. iPod. with functional pockets and compartments to hold everything imaginable—from a BlackBerry to cosmetics. ID. they're very good gift-givers. They were right. Moses' core product. founder of Adagio Teas. co-founder of Fleurville." says Bishop. UV-blocking lids on tea tins to give customers a glimpse of the product prior to purchasing it. packs the power of a staple gun into an otherwise traditional. For Michael Cramer.adagio. the cute luggage…and the not-so-cute laptop bag. . sleek-looking line of staplers. "People in the U. Source: [Entrepreneur. at least three competitors have entered the market. nonelectric." says Steve. a maker of high-end diaper totes.34 - . transparent. there's room for extraordinary design innovation. and boarding pass with ease and style. "When my wife and I became parents. office products company Accentra Inc. cartoon characters and fuzzy bunnies might ap-peal to youngsters. there's an assumption that the kid is buying the products. "I looked at the stapler market and [saw that] there hadn't been any functional changes in over 100 years. and pyramid-shaped tea bags that combine the taste of loose tea with the convenience of a disposable bag. The company--which sells primarily through its website (www.com] Stylish Laptop Bags It’s a common problem for stylish women on the go—they have the cute outfit. the PaperPro. "People having babies now are very different from what [new parents] used to be. "Plus. a transparent tea tin lid that keeps out damaging UV light. who met his co-founders while attending business school in South Africa." In other words. generally have an adventurous streak and are willing to try things.com)--relies heavily on product design to attract and reel in customers. They were right-since the company's launch. Now savvy career women can tote their laptop.hit in the States. making his gourmet tea products stand out comes down to design details such as a bottom-dispensing teapot that simplifies preparation of loose teas.
One blogger described the no-hands bottle that attaches to tots via a pacifier-like feeding tube as a beer hat for the diaper set. it brings critters a lot closer to their heart than a carrier or a handbag. the odd joys of the Pacifeeder. especially in a stylish leopard print. cell phone. the oddball gadget has a Simpsons-like quality about it.35 - . Source: [Construction & Maintenance] . Homebuilders are seizing on the opportunity to spec the Dirt Drain as a new 'smart home' feature. is a business woman who saw the need when her and her style-conscious friends couldn’t find laptop bags that were practical for business yet agreed with their fashion sense. one that allowed dirt and mud to drop through the industrial strength grid. Source: [UpTownBella] PetPocket A front pack for a furry baby? The PetPocket straps to a pet owner's shoulders just like a baby pack. In the everexpanding pets-as-people realm. The cutout opening also provides side benefits such as additional air circulation under the decking and added lighting through basement windows. For owners who can't get enough face time with their furkids. If customers don't need an even flush mounting. The new device is designed to fit between standard joists of 12". Contractor Thomas Foote has invented a flush mounted grate. While most laptop bags sacrifice either style or functionality. and onto the ground below.may now be a thing of the past thanks to an innovative new floor mat system that keeps the dirt outside. to tote Mr.UpTown Bella solves the travel problem of juggling your laptop. rugs and floors clean . boarding pass. it needs to be multifunctional and designed for everyday use. Source: [Iconoculture] Pacifeeder Hands-free bottle feeding on the go? Ah. and it needs to have practical features. or Ms. it needs to make airport security a breeze. the Dirt Drain can also be framed with standard lumber in a matter of minutes. Fluffball wherever their adventures take them. Every UpTown Bella bag must meet their strict criteria: it needs to look good. The creator. On-the-go pet owners who want to keep their furkids close and comforted like carry-along help. 16" and 24". and ID when going through airport check-in. Or strolling with a feeding tot without having to continually stop to pick up a dropped bottle. luxurious and multifunctional laptop bags for female executives who want it all. But seriously. Sure.keeping carpets. there's no shame in overpampering or anthropomorphizing. UpTown Bella is a collection of stylish. Gabby Chan. the Pacifeeder has its place: Think multiple baby mouths to feed and only two arms. Source: [Iconoculture] Dirt Drain Construction & Maintenance: One of life's constant struggles .
When it’s time to get up. As researchers have discovered. check out the Puzzle Alarm Clock. which shows up as a white glow and is invisible to the human eye. twenty) more minutes in bed. this good-morning messenger not only starts the requisite racket. Source:[DailyCandy] Fool-a-Fish The days of baiting hooks with squirmy worms to catch fish may be over. but it also shoots off four colorful puzzle pieces from its top. and the biggest fish. Fool-a-Fish works like this: spray the product (which contains titanium dioxide) on the lure and when it's cast into the water. You can solve those suckers in your sleep. "You catch three or four times more fish. The only way to bring back silence is to put everything back where it belongs. a physician in Spokane. fish see a fourth color in the ultraviolent range. A new product called Fool-a-Fish may make catching fish easier. it lights up like a disco ball luring fish from over a half a mile away. Source: [All Headline News] . If your propensity to hit the snooze button is the only thing keeping you down." Jeckle contended. is nontoxic and odorless.Puzzling Alarm Clock The New York Times Sunday crossword? Sudoku? Rubik’s cube? Pfft.36 - . Which may explain why you always need just five (okay. The Fool-A-Fish liquid will stay on the lure for two hours. who combined his love of fishing with his love of chemistry to make the product. The product was invented by Milan Jeckle.
The genesis of this brand was in music. Although we have not yet seen this trend here in the US. so Mog matches you up with others that it believes can help you discover new music.com is a potential candidate.MOG Myspace started out as a tool for emerging LA bands to connect and build out their fan base. Source: [Influx Insights] The Nail Tattoo For London women tired of manicures every week or expensive and time consuming nail regimens. the latest and greatest is the nail tattoo. The smart thing about Mog is that it recognizes that the best way to recommend other music to you is not with an algorithm. as well as the thrill of doing something a little different that is not permanent---as the nail grows out. London. So what fills the void for the music fan? Mog. but years later. but other people. Mog says it helps you create pages that are an "extension of your musical soul". Using a super fine needle. the tattoo artist goes through the first few layers of your nail to create an extremely detailed image directly onto the nail. music still has an important aspect of the site. but its role has been diminished somewhat. so does the tattoo. we know that hip Londoners are going to New Wave Tattoo in Muswell Hill. Source: [TrendCentral] Nike+iPod . Users blog about music and connect to others who share similar tastes and interests. Fans are loving the intricate.37 - . It's a music based blogging network.
announced the Nike+iPod . There's also a pretty spiffy Nike+ website where you can track your run history and set up competitions with your friends. The Powder Seat is simply a base that suckers onto the underside of the board making it into a sturdy seat. a voice can tell you what your progress is through the headphones with the touch of a button. Source: [Gothamist] Powder Seat Vitamin Living's The Powder Seat allows you to use your snowboard as the seat of the bench. with the Air Zoom Moire as the first in the Nike+ line.Two of the biggest brands in the world came together today in New York to announce a partnership for a new product. With the sensor. not to mention a space-saving way to store it during off-season.a wireless system that can track your running progress and allow you to choose a "PoweSong" to pump you up when you hit a wall.who wasn't content just with opening a store on 5th Avenue . Nike is rolling out several new Nike+ shoes in the fall. with two sleek metal tripod legs (pictured). The board attaches to the legs of the seat via suckers to keep the board protected. which is a streamlined single metal structure. the Trident. £99 from Vitamin Living.38 - . There are two different base designs available. or the Blade. Nike and Apple . The sensor fits into a special compartment under the insole and a receiver attaches to the iPod (which only works for the Nano). It can also be flat-packed for easy storage. It is also a great way to display your board all the year round. Source: [CoolHunting] Convenient Reading Chair .
it can be used as a sheet to sit on (during hanabi/hanami). With looks that can be customized too (you can choose different combinations of wood for the chair and colors for the cushions). you can pick off your books right from where you are seated. Personally. or its contents can be laid out on the sheet. It is a practical material: easy to clean and when washed with soap the material regains its adhesive qualities. the fact that I can access my books from my chair is. Because this chair-cum-library is designed to hold 5 linear metres of books and a book-lover as well." This sheet is turned into a bag by folding it and making use of the adhesive qualities of the material.39 - . the duo behind this Rotterdam-based design studio. Source: [Popgadget] Food Design Minale Maeda's "Table Manners Collection" is a clever exploration of the intersection of formal dining and fast food. Apart from the fact that it has a higher than average creativity quotient. Toasted directly onto a grilled sandwich. Source: [Cool Hunting] Furoshiki Style The "furoshiki shiki" (furoshiki style) is made out of one sheet of semi-transparent vinyl "film. Source: [Compact Impact] .” With the Bibliochaise. include t-shirts printed with a tablecloth pattern—for those of us who would rather eat topless than on a undressed table—and delicately embroidered paper napkins. nobody&co have thrown in an added utility factor by creating a literal “arm-chair library. the porcelain pattern lends the refinement of fine china to eating on-the-go. Other works by Mario Minale and Kuniko Maeda. this chair will definitely stand out in your living room. The bag can easily transform into its original sheet-shape changing its function.The Bibliochaise is book storage with a difference. less appealing to me than what the Bibliochaise has to offer in the art department. in and of itself. The transparency of the material allows you to play with color combinations. resulting in different degrees of transparency. the Italian designers. For instance.
The cocoon like spaces are filled with light. It makes even a session of root canal seem inviting. Antonietta Fortunato and Elena Godenzi. where the results are both decorative and literal.180-square-foot clinic (called KU64 after its Kurfürstendamm address) is located in Berlin and was designed by the hot firm. the same people that were behind Berlin's new super lifestyle Hotel "Q". They were motivated to solve the out of sight. Source: [Cool Hunting] . creating an elegant sense of flow and space.40 - . GRAFT. out of mind problem with fruit that goes uneaten and spoils.Cool Dental Who would have thought a dental clinic could be this cool? The 10.certainly not the usual ambiance associated with utilitarian spaces like this one which houses eight dentists. Circulating air is pushed throughout the Fruitree. keeping the fruit fresh longer. Source: [The Cool Hunter] Fruitree Fruitree is a concept piece designed by Chia Shee Loh. The fact that fruit grows on trees does not go unnoticed in this design. The incredible design makes you feel like you're in an A-list Hollywood members bar .
Upgraded Office Wares
Offering an alternative to boring office supplies, russell+hazel sells stylish binders, paper, storage and accessories. Minneapolis-based russell+hazel, founded by a former architect, is a range of aesthetically pleasing office supplies that combine a designed look with durable quality. The company's newest range, Audrey, is a fashion-forward selection specifically tailored to women, offering 'working girl chic' supplies with details inspired by vintage architecture, classic Hollywood and contemporary couture. Source: [Springwise]
Dining On Computer
Designer Duck Young Kong has shown his latest innovation over at Yanko Design and it’s called The Keyboard Food Tray. No longer do you have to face tough question: “one more round of de_dust or finally eat something for the first time in 37 hours?” You can very easily consume your tea cakes and earl grey while grinding goblins. It’s still in the design phase, so there is no pricing and information is limited. Hopefully this will help out all the Koreans who die due to MMOs problem. Source: [Ohgizmo]
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Novelty Lights Inc. is a Colorado based company owned by brothers, Tres and K.C. Coors. The company was established in 1999 as a direct importer of Rope Light, Holiday Lights, and a variety of popular novelty lights. Our lighting lines have grown significantly since then; however, we pride ourselves on knowing our customers and their needs and most importantly providing excellent service. Because the owners have years of experience working within the lighting field, even before starting their own company, you can trust the quality of our products and the information you receive. Novelty Lights Inc. strives for excellence in every aspect of our company, and we promise to provide knowledgeable salespeople, accurate information regarding products, and answers to your lighting questions, as well as outstanding and friendly customer service. At Novelty Lights, we constantly import the finest lighting from all over the world. Because we import merchandise we are able to pass great savings on to our customers. Without the inflated prices offered by other websites and mall stores, we have the buying power to negotiate low prices and value our ability to pass the savings on to you. We strive for complete customer satisfaction and value your right to a fair price and quality lighting products. Source: [Novelty Lights.com]
Like a growing number of homeowners paying extra attention to the space over their heads, Cronin likes to incorporate the ceilings into his room design. "It's the biggest space you have to work with," says Cronin, who designs sound studios. Cronin's not the only one with an overhead fixation. "Ceilings are huge," says decorative painter Kathy Wear, whose work with interior designer Joni Wohlfahrt has won home show awards in the Nashville area. "For so long, ceilings were just white. Now you very rarely see white ceilings. It started with color and has worked its way to finishings." Designer Marcia Knight says fancy ceilings aren't entirely new. The Biltmore, the Vanderbilt homestead in Asheville, N.C., built in 1895, has many fabulous ceilings, she points out. But what is relatively new is outfitting ceilings atop really tall walls, which can tower 18 to 24 feet in some of the grandest new homes. In terms of aesthetics, it's almost necessary. "If you have walls that go straight up, you don't want to go to a flat top," she says. "It would be pretty boring." "People want something unique," Wear says. "They don't want to go crazy on walls, which can overpower a room. They'd rather concentrate on the ceiling as the main focal point." Source: [INDYSTAR.com]
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If your crib is getting to be a little bit too modern-looking, now it's time to funk it up a bit with some retro-refrigeration. Oddly-named Brit company Smeg is offering these old-fashioned refrigerators with a large selection of colors including those seen above. So if you're looking to sing the praises of the Union Jack or want a refrigerator to match that pink Razr you just picked up, perhaps you've just found something that's chillin’ enough. Source: [Gizmodo]
High-end Latino Furnishings
South Bronx furniture manufacturing and design company Caoba Colección de Muebles creates high-end furnishings with a Latino flair. Run by two Dominican brothers passionate about interior design and la cultura, the company creates coffee tables, chairs, lamps, sofas, dressers and ottomans priced from $700 to $1,400. All pieces have Latino names derived from the brothers’ relatives, friends and others: the Serrano Dresser, the Manrique Ottoman. Customers include Starwood Hotels, the East Hampton Golf Club and the British Embassy in Washington, DC. Visionary Latinos are turning their passions into businesses that break new ground in industries that traditionally have lacked Latino-owned companies. Source: [Iconoculture]
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It is indeed.The Flying Carpet Digital imaging offers the ability to create fantastic images and use them in new ways by creating spaces to transform perceptions and indeed create whole new environments. giving us complete artistic control of interior design like never before. those perspectives were different.44 - . When we first saw the remarkable work of Iranian artist Seyed Alavi we were transfixed in that he offers perspectives we’d not seen before and for each person. curtains. Alavi’s latest project is indeed likely to inspire a myriad of ideas from creatives all over the world when they see how he had an aerial view of the Sacramento River woven into a carpet for the floor of a pedestrian bridge connecting the Sacramento International Airport terminal to the parking garage. Source: [Gizmag] . ceilings and now to have digitally imaged carpet created. a “flying carpet”. We now have the ability to put any image on a wall (via digitally printed wallpaper).
This independent music site uses demand-driven pricing. Source: [E-commerce Guide] Demand and Supply Influx has written in the past about variable pricing models and how these might one day become a key component of business. where the community dictates the pricing of the tracks. Though there are features specific to the site that e-tailers can take advantage of — which we'll cover after we explain how the site works — most online shop owners won't have to do a thing to be included in the Buddy Shopping service. but openly encourage musicians to mobilize their fan bases to use the site and buy the tracks.Buddy Shop A new e-commerce site called Buddy Shopping that lets consumers peruse products online simultaneously with friends launched today with the promise to offer a viable new channel for Web shop owners. All tracks start out at zero and can rise to 98 cents depending on sales. Amie Street have some smart technology that prevents artificial inflation. The difference is that they are able to do so with others in real-time. The site. instant messaging and the sharing of merchandise. dubbed a "social netshopping" service by CEO Todd Kelly. The site encourages community members of recommend and find music and gives back 70% of the proceeds to artists after the first $5 in sales. social networking.45 - . That's because consumers are searching online the way they regularly do. combines e-commerce. Source: [Influx Insights] . will still lead them to you. we have now found an interesting example in a new music site called Amie Street. so any marketing efforts. such as organic or paid search.
and totally awesome website that challenges the norms of online shopping. geekery. which allows you to you invite friends to browse along with you in real time. experimental. Web site information can be tiered through multiple content layers by adding members-only areas and registration forms to encourage visitors to share key information in exchange for access to deeper layers of meaningful content. SiteKreator is Web 2. like. SiteKreator pulls together the best of the Web’s most important features and capabilities. It’s easy and cheap to post any creation (craft supplies. SiteKreator is a fully-hosted online application that eliminates the need to download. edibles). Click.0 ready. e-mail. Run by a group of computer whiz kids. shopping online is. Prior to SK Business Edition.) Later this month. install. Scroll.46 - . Source: [SiteKreator] Extraordinary Etsy Click. or IM. they’ll be employing multiuser shopping. without the high price tag or forcing a “generic” design. Discuss/fight over finds without a phone. a new. Nebraska). and effective Web sites. interactive. the beautifully designed Etsy utilizes technology that lets you search not just by category or top sellers but also by color (just click any of the virtual swatches) and geography (you can finally find out what’s being made in Scottsbluff. use generic tools for site design and/or blogging. Click. Unlike Google Pages and other do-it-yourself site design tools. such as blogs. But it’s even easier and more fun to shop. vintage gear. You can even look at stuff via time machine or in 3-D (explore for yourself. and discussion forums. Source: [DailyCandy] . enabling businesses to easily implement interactive features.Instant Web 2.0 Websites SiteKreator was designed to help businesses accelerate brand recognition. to engage visitors and convert them into repeat customers. Web forms. Which is why we are stoked to introduce you to Etsy. Whoa. You see. Scroll. Scroll. totally wild! Or — not so much. and increase sales by giving them a one-stop solution to easily create stylish. build customer loyalty. or upgrade software. clothing. You get to see each other’s cursors move across the page as you search and click. customers would either hire a designer or agency. the site offers indie designers the space to showcase and sell their handmade work (kind of like an eBay for crafty types). or use software to help build their sites.
or paper. Get this. To help parents meet these needs. This comes with grade-specific words for the user." Like the Lazy Environmentalist radio show and other down-to-earth approaches. The paper is. Cool-riculum was designed to provide children with enrichment in their daily skills such as literacy. . located in SoHo and Scarsdale. energy or money to do the research themselves. Source: [Iconoculture] Cool-Riculum Eighty-nine percent of parents believe that it is important for their child to be involved in hands-on activities outside of the classroom. We'll pick a selection of words. we're looking at the Grade 4 level.47 - . However. and presto -. a daily publishing website with an eco-friendly hue that intends to be "a good source of advice for real people leading busy lives. This is the same company that brought us the Leapster hand-held gaming and learning tool.Fly PenTop Education The Fly PenTop Computer is the latest LeapFrog Enterprises product for 8 -13 year-olds. a series of fun and enrichment workshops for kids. slightly larger than an ordinary Bic. but also as a computer-generated teacher. This is done by using the pen as a basic writing tool. and independent thinking. is also a talking computer. Way cool! The creators of this product have made interactive teaching fun. well. To underline the point. has created Cool-riculum. The pen. Ideal Bite recognizes that people don't turn green overnight. Source: [The StarPhoenix] Green Info DailyCandy with content that's totally green? That would be Ideal Bite. let's talk about the Spelling module. Take the Fly Pen. Tap the paper with the ink end and it tells you the instructions to follow. this is no simple pen -. draw the numbers zero through 9 plus the appropriate symbols.a calculator. In this case. It is also a great way for kids and parents to participate in group activities and socialize with friends. Everyday information for being a more conscientious consumer resonates with people who don't have time. creativity. they do it one shade at a time. The Scholastic Store. almost magic. use the Fly Pen and write them on the paper provided.
The next step: write a script and improve production techniques. The friends’ company. Four Awesome Guys Studios. Source: [Iconoculture] Game of Faith The streets of New York have never looked so barren. . which often stereotypes and excludes them.” a comedy which became YouTube’s second-most-watched comedy video within 24 hours of its appearance on the website. Four Latino twentysomething friends starred in a video they produced on the cheap called “Cuban Churro Salesmen. An occasional taxi or bus motors down a boulevard as people wander aimlessly among eerily vacant buildings.Video Production On Youtube Entrepreneurial young South Florida Latinos post their creative homemade videos on YouTube.com. Soon. has filmed seven improvised shorts.48 - . The Internet provides a forum for talented Latino filmmakers and actors with no money or connections in Hollywood. black helicopters loom overhead and armed soldiers close ranks on the streets below.
then millions of music hopefuls are sure to be talking about the new Cingular Mobile Music Studio available exclusively on MySpace. viral video equivalents to American Idol. Announced at CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment 2006. The fragrant feature will make its big-screen debut at showings of Terrence Malick’s The New World. Every month the shows are screened for live audiences in Los Angeles (Channel 101) and New York (Channel 102). a retelling of the love affair between John Smith and Pocahontas. while the losing . a long-time Cingular partner and a leading provider of mobile content. Yet.This isn't your run-of-the-mill video game: Left Behind: Eternal Forces is based on the best-selling Left Behind book series about the apocalypse. they believe the faithbased theme is important. too. Through Cingular's Mobile Music Studio. Source: [Playfuls.49 - . The Fragrance Communication system uses NTT Communications' seat-mounted machines to release preprogrammed aromas.com] Viral Videos You may have heard about YouTube and the viral video craze that’s become one of the hottest Internet trends since the birth of social networking sites. But it's the apocalypse without dismemberment or graphic bloodshed. and viewers can vote on which shows to renew and which shows to cancel. As the leading lifestyle portal and social networking community. Currently. Here’s how it works: anyone can submit a TV show pilot (up to five minutes long). The Mobile Music Studio is just one more example of Cingular's leadership in the convergence of wireless and music. The film's "fragrance schedule" of custom scents includes Grandeur of Nature. Cingular's Mobile Music Studio will help these artists generate even more exposure and excitement for their music. The top five shows then become the “prime time” lineup. Together with InfoSpace Inc. Think of these sites as the localized. located on a dedicated page on MySpace. Source: [Iconoculture] Mobile Music Studio If music truly is the universal language. MySpace has more than one million bands and artists using the site to connect and engage with fans. Source: [USATODAY] Scene-synchronized Scents Watch and sniff? Specially equipped Japanese movie theaters are enhancing the cinematic experience with scene-synchronized scents. though the game has an element of violence that some Christians argue is counter to teachings of the Bible. Two major viral video portals you may not know of yet are Channel 101 and Channel 102. The game's creators say they hope to wriggle into the multibillion-dollar mainstream video game market by offering a real-time strategy option for serious gamers. . the Mobile Music Studio is being trialed by approximately 75 unsigned MySpace bands and artists. Joy of New Love and Grief of Separation. Cingular's Mobile Music Studio is a first-of-its-kind platform that offers hundreds of thousands of unsigned artists and bands on MySpace the tools needed to turn their self-produced music into ringtones. these unsigned artists will first be guided through the licensing and production process led by InfoSpace.
With experience in software development and technology management. At the next month’s viewing. if you love to play for hours at-a-stretch then don’t worry! The mat is made of rip-stop fabric cover and the wipeable nylon used in the mat allows you to clean it properly too! Source: [CoolBuzz] Out-of-Home Digital ActiveMaps Inc: Founded in 2003. pockets for your remote or your cell-phone and between the pockets is a variety of A/V ports so you can connect everything from your Playstation 2. the special service isn’t priced as an add-on. the top form-fitting layer is molded to support your neck and back for maximum comfort and no aching. Gamecube. and so on. Xbox. While KidZone could be a gouging opportunity. TV.50 - . AMI developed a proprietary application that delivers real-time media over cellular networks. The mat features dual-layer cushions for maximum comfort. and TiVo keeps the offensive out. a 25 watt subwoofer. or Stereo. Beginning in mid-2006. Source: [TrendCentral] Safe TV TiVo is going even more consumer-happy by offering TiVo KidZone. Soft on cartoon violence in general.shows are cancelled forever. Source: [Iconoculture] Mat for Total Gaming If you are a gaming-geek then this Entertainment System Sound Mat is all what you could have asked for! Now you don’t need to be grounded for hours for you can now lie down comfortably even while you play! The Pyramat mat is loaded with hi-tech like it includes two 4″ 25 watt coaxial speakers. DVD Player. KidZone automatically filters TV content based on families’ personal values. The bottom layer elevates you off the ground. detachable remote. AMI began its mission to improve out-of-home digital networks by offering relevant and entertaining media in high-traffic commercial environments. the prime time shows test new episodes against a new selection of pilots. but touchy about lewd language? Or just can’t stand the Wiggles? Set your preferences. . TiVo’s offering isn’t just a nobrainer blocking service. And. it will be part of the general TiVo package. a “safe” place where kiddies can connect only with programming that meets parental approval.
long recognized for successfully bringing together the elements of food. entertain your customers." a show featuring the most popular video shorts circulating the Net. and Yahoo! stock quotes. Source: [ActiveMaps Inc. The latest new DVD releases are added to the Redbox DVD rental machines every Tuesday. is installing fully automated Redbox DVD rental machines in over 100 restaurants throughout Denver. McDonald's. it began airing a new half-hour series called "Outrageous and Contagious: Viral Video. and incorporate internal training vehicles. In short. live surf reports by Surfline. the Web has long been a platform for downloading and watching pirated clips of television shows like "Lost" and "The Simpsons. At the same time. Source: [KIOSK] Net Videos TV Dirty secret or not. giving customers another great reason to visit The Golden Arches. AMI's digital solution provides an opportunity to aesthetically upgrade commercial environments.and return the same movies at any participating McDonald's Denver location. .51 - . This week.AMI develops." much to the chagrin of the television networks. deploys. MSNBC breaking news. informative and entertaining media for consumers throughout their day. generate new revenue through advertising. the company is experimenting with quick service ordering (QSO) kiosks at locations around the globe.com. customers can visit the Redbox DVD machines at participating McDonald's and rent the newest DVD movies releases for just $1. It could be likened to a digital-age version of the old bloopers TV shows. this quick service restaurant leader has gone kiosk crazy. and entertainment. In Denver. McDonald's is the first quick service restaurant to offer new DVD movie rentals to consumers. plus tax. lifestyle. extending its legacy of introducing new and innovative ways to create relevant. Bravo TV is among the pioneers of the genre. But now TV producers are turning the tables. and unique customer experiences in its restaurants. AMI's content driven network remains focused on delivering educational.00 per night. and manages out-of-home digital networks. including parodies of the gay-cowboy movie "Brokeback Mountain" and clips of President George Bush's many verbal faux pas. satisfying. plus tax . E! Entertainment news.with no membership forms and no late fees . increase in-store revenue through point of purchase strategies. ESPN sports.] Redbox DVD In late May McDonald's unveiled plans to bring a taste of Hollywood to Denver by offering new release DVD movie rentals for just one dollar per night. creating new shows around video clips culled from the Web. AMI's out-of-home channel provides real time Sig-Alert and Clear Channel traffic.
000-55. nation-wide business: "Magnolia is the new service that will customize your home theater [i.e. There are currently 70 Magnolia store-in-stores in BestBuys across the US.COM] . this time in LED form. In the seventies they where all the rage.000 (EUR 4.400) on their systems. Special plug ins can be downloaded into the D. targeting a massive market: according to the National Association of Home Builders. come to your house and hook it all up]". a division of BestBuy.52 - . The panels are not restricted to work only on dance floors and can be fitted to walls. Fox and NBC are producing similar programming in the coming months.250/GBP 2. Source: [CNet] LED Illuminated Illuminated dance floors are nothing new. these panels are designed to interact with club goers moves as well as D. And ABC News Digital plans to enhance its television news program by drawing on video captured by viewers using cellular phones. Now. is turning the art of installing home theatres (from reclining seats and huge screens to sophisticated sound systems) into a branded. bar tops and Lionel Ritchie's favorite place to dance.USA Networks. flares or not.840-28. ceilings. Source: [TRENDWATCHING.J's sets. the illuminated dance floor is back. with the majority spending USD 5.e. Using the latest in pressure sensitive LED technology. the problem was that dancers flared hot pants would cover the floor panels and kill the effect. International expansion sounds like a no-brainer. 36 percent of people building new homes want a media room.12541.Js computer equipment allowing an entire set to be pre programmed where the music and lights work together. tell you exactly what to buy] and make it all work together [i. Source: [The Cool Hunter] Easy Home Cinemas US-based Magnolia.
by using quirky graphics and text to convey strong political and social beliefs. shopping bags.53 - . will build a contemporary art museum in Paris. we’re seeing an increase in the number of clothing labels that go beyond aesthetics to make a statement. MAC cosmetics serves up burlesque glamour girl Dita von Teese at a swank dinner at Art Basel Miami. It was the perfect year for us to have a Happy Warhol-iday. The mutual admiration between art and fashion is turning into a full-on love fest. Swedish subscription-based t-shirt label T-post’s “94% News. the imminent Edie Sedgwick movie. dead artists are at the centre of a major holiday campaign and a luxury designer product launch. complete with a printed text explanation on the inside of the shirt. a special pair of Levi's. even actual cans of Campbell Soup at $12 each. "Everyone has been talking Warhol -. Barneys New York launched the ultimate art meets fashion marketing blitz working with the Warhol Foundation on Pop Art windows. keeping people informed and fashionable at the same time." Source: [The Hamilton Spectator] Fashionable Message While fashion has always been used as a form of self expression. LA-based Acrylick aims to make fashion “with a positive message”. descriptive graphics. the luxury conglomerate with Vuitton and Dior in its stable. COTAM (Clothing of the American Mind) was one of the first labels to jump on this trend. "Everybody wants to be cool and groovy and there is this nagging feeling that nobody was more cool and groovy than Andy. 6% Cotton” tees feature unique. featuring t-shirts with designs that are accompanied by an explanation of the meaning behind the design. Each design is based on a current news item. Source: [TrendCentral] . Portraits of the artist by schoolchildren are being exhibited and sold in stores to benefit local arts programs.two documentaries. skyrocketing auction prices." said Simon Doonan. For the holidays. And suddenly. the store's creative director.Happy Warholiday LVMH.
Essentially. In an effort to aid consumers. The heat will make the gel burn much brighter. Source: [TrendCentral] . especially since sizes vary dramatically from one brand to the other. but it won't last nearly as long. websites have been created to analyze personal fit information to identify the “best fitting” brand and item for their particular body shape. Source: [Popgadget] Best Fit Jeans There are more fits. and should be enough for a couple of people to use for highlights. No bulbs or batteries are necessary to create the glow. A 2 oz tube is $11. run through hair. add the powder (catalyst) to the gel (fluorophor suspension).54 - . and styles out there than the average shopper can keep track of. Zafu analyzes multiple pieces of fit information (no measuring involved) from the user to identify the “best fitting” brand and style of jeans from a bank of over 200 styles and 70 brands. By mixing fluorophors with an appropriate catalyst a chemical reaction occurs that produces the byproduct of light. and dance! If you really want to maximize your potential glow for a short outing then heat up the gel with a hairdryer after application. Directions are to open the container. but users can click through to purchase from other online stores. and the illumination shampoos right out. cuts. wearing Voltage gel is the same as cracking open a raver glow stick and pouring the contents over your locks. No jeans are sold on the site.Chemoluminescent Hair Gel Voltage iGlow is a sulf illuminating hair gel.
from sleek designs featuring dots. Bringing with her a Canadian sense of natural beauty and relaxed style.Loincloths Loincloths are being marketed by the Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo's Ginza district as a feature product for the summer months ahead. a reflection of lifestyle. Angela is inspired by secret gardens the world over with all omondieu! rings handmade in Europe. With the hot summer months ahead. a touch of being free.000 loincloths -roughly 25 times the normal number it sells. Source: [Mainichi Interactive] Flower Rings Designed with the fun. colour and passion that life offers in mind. and fireworks. The store predicts that that a full-scale loincloth boom is eminent. “There is a hint of romantic. Angela’s jewelry translates into chic and unique creations . Worn by such celebrities as Lenny Kravitz. Nicole Ritchie. it has emerged. goldfish. omondieu!’s saucy line of floral jewelry has been making waves with the style set since its inception in 2004. It has prepared an abundant range of products for customers. bold and daring femininity in our lines. but foremost women who believe in making statements. more so." a department store official said.” says founder and lead designer Angela Gwinner.and everywhere in between. and yes. omondieu! has generated major buzz from Hollywood to Berlin . A boom in the sale of loincloths has been seen since last spring.” As a Canadian currently residing in Germany.from elegant silk poppies in pink and red affixed to rings to wild dahlia brooches. and they're suited for Japan's humid summers.55 - . and in just half a year the department store has sold about 5. to loincloths that come with matching T-shirts. It’s a reflection of the self and. the loincloths may add a new twist to the "Cool-biz" trend of dressing down to cool off. Source: [TrendHunter Magazine] . "They're unconstrained and have got good ventilation. “We are designers. and Elisabeth Hasselbeck of The View.
and people who wear socks with sandals. champagne cocktails. A Pea in the Pod. disease.56 - . Turbow uses the same soothing hues favored for hospital scrubs. all. and guys can turn to her monochromatic tees for a little extra security. Each piece is made with soft fabrics and round pads to provide cushioning around vital organs like the stomach and heart.Mother-to-be Brides Traditional elegant white bridal dress for mother-to-be makes pregnant bride feel beautiful on her special day. Source: [Yenra] Safe and Secure The big. and tops are designed to protect wearers both physically and emotionally. offering stunning wedding gowns for pregnant brides. There are also purses. Thankfully. and wallets to help soothe anxiety. shorts. Eschewing all colors but teal and white. Mimi Maternity and Motherhood Maternity celebrate mothers-to-be at every stage. And sometimes we feel defenseless against things like war. there are coping mechanisms: little blue pills. skirts. Horrific images. shoulder bags. Source: [DailyCandy] . bad world can be a very scary place. Turbow’s playful collection of durable dresses. And now it’s all available online. and Rebecca Turbow’s Safe clothes. Women today are living their lives on their own terms.
etc. the Upper East Side and Soho. just to name a few. Prices range from $24. Available in only two flavors. garlic-y Korean meal. Bling is a stand-alone beverage as well as the perfect compliment to your favorite cocktail. Craig Muzeroll. Australian company Muzz Buzz has capitalised on the realisation that people want their coffee to be quick. founder of Muzz Buzz. it’s the many toppings—fresh fruit.57 - . crunchy sugary cereal.” (Baller Status)It has been featured at the Grammy’s. VMA’s and BET Awards and has been sampled by Jamie Foxx. plain and green tea (although I've heard no one ever gets the green tea). a premium product with premium packaging that merits a premium price. The space is modernly decorated with Philippe Starck's crystal-clear Charles Ghost stools and Victoria Ghost chairs and wavy.—that elevate the frozen treat into a personalized dessert. repro pendant lights by Poul Christiansen. that’s right for a bottle of water. nuts. Source: [GUSH] Drive Thru Coffee No other substance screams WAKE UP as effortlessly as coffee.00. At Muzz Buzz. that are frosted and have genuine Swarovski crystals that spell out the water’s name. Source: [Cool Hunting] Premium Water Bling H2O has a limited edition bottle available in two sizes. Mariah Carey and Shaquille O’Neal. Be on the lookout for new stores in Chelsea.Pinkberry If you haven’t heard about the wonders of Pinkberry. all consumers need to do is drive thru. identified a gap in the Australian market and decided he wanted to give Australians a reason for getting out of bed in . After all. the yogurt is tangy like real yogurt and not overly sweet like normal frozen yogurt. Paris Hilton (and Tinkerbell). cookie crumbs. Especially delicious after a salty. it's neither a new fragrance nor a nasty skin condition but rather a frozen yogurt phenomena that's already taken over LA and recently opened their first NYC location in Koreatown. “Bling H2O is to bottled water what Rolls Royce is to automobiles. in-transit consumption is designed with one purpose – saving time.00 to $40. convenient and satisfying.
(Let’s just hope the government doesn’t ban drivers from eating and drinking while driving.. Quiznos and a few independent salad and sushi joints. According to the website. Want the usual? Frequent Mobo users can save their "faves" for speedier service. Some consumers might find the benefits of high-priced ice debatable at best. The restaurant sends a text message when the order is ready and has a special Mobo counter for pickup. participating eateries include Subway. Hyper lives demand maximization of all the gadgetry at our fingertips. a growing franchise drive-thru coffee chain which offers quality coffee at a reasonable price and convenient (high traffic flow) locations. guaranteed free of things that can ruin a tropical vacation (E. coli. "Fast food" doesn't mean the same thing it did even five years ago.. The service – short for "mobile order" – enables Manhattanites to order and pay for food ahead of time. Source: [Iconoculture] . Here's how it works: Hungry citizens use their cellphones (or a computer) to text an order to a restaurant from a selected list and pay with a linked credit card. So far.) Source: [Springwise] Fruity Ice Cubes Ice Kids are secured ice cubes. colored with natural fruit extracts like blueberry. Premium coffee beans and unique Muzz Buzz flavours tempt consumers' tastebuds and since inception the Muzz Buzz menu has expanded to include convenient-to-eat-while-driving food. hepatitis) or an expensive single-malt Scotch (minerals). Source: [Iconoculture] Food Text Services Think of Mobo as curbside takeout for urban dwellers. That reason became Muzz Buzz.58 - . lemon and strawberry. "Children can thus pour spring water over Ice Kids fruit ice cubes and enjoy the same tastes as their favorite juices without consuming extra sugar". and consumers expect businesses to keep up. But the addition of natural fruit flavoring lends a healthy twist that may justify the cost for some parents.the morning. Secured ice cubes are made with purified water.
“But I’m a purist who prefers the puckery taste of Cocktail Kick all by itself. Inc. Citric acid comes from lemons.Cocktail Kick The next big thing to hit the Cocktail Kingdom is a retro-modern shaker full of fun from Phoenix. “But they’ve never been sour enough for me…Until now. and is as safe as it is sour. “I like a good margarita and whiskey sour.” Sweet’s Brand Cocktail Kick consists of 100% citric acid crystals. martinis. Possible dishes include ostrich pâté and bone marrow gateau – and a ceramic bowl full of mineral water.” Sweet’s Brand Cocktail Kick can be mixed into drinks and used to rim the glass.59 - . naturellement. tangy taste to adult beverages like margaritas. Source: [Iconoculture] Straws with Flavours . Sweet. “Some people like to create a rimming mixture by combining Cocktail Kick with sugar or salt. bloody marys. limes. Princess. Ed Sweet. Source: [Cocktail Kick] Canine Cafe If the Chicago City Council passes an ordinance letting dogs dine alongside their owners at outdoor cafés. The company is proud to introduce Cocktail Kick — a new product that adds an extra puckery. mojitos. lime. and other fruits and is used in sodas and candy. Anyone who favors drinks with lemon.” says company founder and CEO. and other fruit flavors will find my Cocktail Kick a terrific enhancement. Chef Durand has spent months testing the canine menu on his poodle. Arizona-based Sweet’s Brand. and more. chef Didier Durand of Cyrano's Bistrot will serve a $5 prix fixe canine menu to his patrons' pets. tart.” says Mr.
for example. half a banana. sometimes consumers favour something even easier. E4B ("Easy for Busy") steps up to the challenge. A special filter at each end of the straw keeps the beads in but allows milk to be sucked through. Heinz chief Bill Johnson said the company needed to give people "new ways to use beans".Does anyone remember wax straws? And how there was a fleeting fad of coating the insides with chocolate syrup so it would flavour your milk as you sucked? The chocolate flavour never lasted very long (and I always ended up destroying my straw in the process) but as we all know.99.60 - . And we weren't the only ones. Source: [Springwise] . contains 2 mangos. E4B's mango flavour. help is on the way. and the product is currently only available in (parts) of the United States. and technology is rampant! Enter the Sipahh: easily the most exciting product we saw at the Fine Food Show last week. The straws are unique in its use of tiny flavoured beads entrapped within the straw. Source: [The Daily Telegraph] Mangos and Apples for Busy People Although nothing beats fresh fruit. The beads. which are made of tapioca starch. but presented as snacks. gradually dissolve and flavour each mouthful of milk. and no artificial additives. and the pouch's seven layers make for a shelf-life of a year. Heinz has devised a frozen baked bean sandwich which simply needs to be heated in a toaster. "If people take the time to cook beans and put it on toast. Pricing seems a bit steep at USD 5. Source: [GRAB YOUR FORK] Beans in Toast The Daily Telegraph: FOR those who find baked beans on toast just too messy to put together. not drinks. Packaging was originally developed in Japan for Nasa. retro is in. why shouldn't we cut the process for them and give them beans on toast?" he said. The technology is being developed by Heinz researchers in New Zealand. and apples and bananas are conveniently packaged by nature. The products are slurpable. This innovative flavouring straw won Best New Retail Product at the Sydney tradeshow as well. 1 apple. packing the puree of multiple fruits into portable pouches.
assembling a meal at each station by scooping ingredients into freezer bags or disposable baking pans. Entrepreneurs across the US have started their own dinner assembly stores. MooBella can produce ice cream on demand from room temperature ingredients. Customers move around the store. with more variety. all of the dinner assembly companies offer essentially the same service: customers schedule a session online. Because it uses flash freezing instead of the standard slow churning method. it's removed from the menu and an order is automatically placed for a refill. home-cooked meals. If the machine runs out of a flavour. Finally. Though they vary in style. The front of the machine features a touch-screen display showing a menu of flavours and mix-ins. has expanded from 49 locations. . Business is booming for a reason: the meal assembly concept offers time-starved consumers an innovative and convenient way to provide their families with nutritious. Meals are easily customized to accommodate personal tastes or diets. picking meals from a monthly menu. and the field's leader. tasty.61 - . allowing customers to create any combination they like.Meal Assembly The concept has exploded in the past year. Dream Dinners. the packaged meals are clearly labeled with cooking instructions. healthier options and at a lower cost than take-out or frozen supermarket meals. a high-tech vending machine that makes ice cream to order in 45 seconds. Source: [Springwise] Ice Cream on Demand Banana ice cream with peanut butter cups mixed in? Not a problem for MooBella.
80) for 275g. but still crispy. has unveiled its curvaceous new packaging Curvy. Not only does its onboard computer run on Linux. leaves of hybrid lettuce for the purpose of making low-carb bread-free burgers. MooBella is decidedly high-tech.62 - . Promoting the new packaging is 7UP's popular brand mascot Fido Dido in company with Bollywood siren Mallika Sherawat. the machine also communicates wirelessly through satellite technology to provide company headquarters with inventory and sales data.99 (A$4. Because so many carb-conscious people are using lettuce leaves in lieu of hamburger buns. vanilla.. decided to sell lettuce leaves designed expressly for this purpose. Source: [Springwise] Crispy Lettuce Wraps President's Choice. and cherry flavors as well as a caffeine button allows for thirty-two potential choices of soda. Source: [SBS.Raised in Massachusetts. Tiger tomatoes cost STG1. M&S is also launching an even sweeter-tasting variety called the "strawmato" which it says goes well with melted chocolate. Additive buttons allow for the consumer to choose variations of the liquid in the container at the point of consumption. A programmable paint container with twenty pigment additive buttons allows the consumer to choose from one million colors. said Marks & Spencer. colors. Loblaws Inc. 7UP. sourced from PA] 7UP Curvy Clear lime brand of PepsiCo India. a Canadian brand of food products. which owns the President's Choice brand. . lime. For example. Source: [Strange New Products] Multi Cola Ipifini's Programmable Liquid Container technology employs buttons on the container's surface that release additives (flavors. it has magenta-coloured flesh and is slightly sweeter than standard varieties. Source: [Yenra] Novelty Fruit A green and red-striped tomato is the latest "designer" food set to hit the supermarket shelves in Britain. introduced new "Crispy Lettuce Wraps". a programmable cola bottle with buttons for lemon. The tomatoes were grown in Lancashire and the Isle of Wight. fragrances) into the liquid. They claim it's a versatile cross between Romaine and Iceberg lettuce flexible enough for folding. Called the tiger tomato. The cherry-sized fruit was created in response to increased demand for novelty produce.
” Given the sagging libidos of hundreds of millions of baby boomers. Austria’s energy drink Turn On. However. that's how the beer maker is setting his beer from the rest of the brands. which Nelly promises will “make you party all night just like a pimp. Stampede beer is enhanced with B vitamin. A unique.com] Energy Drink In 2005. market in 2001.S. up 75% from US$2 billion. Source: [Local6. Source: [Indiantelevision.Says Pepsi Foods Pvt Ltd. making it the fastest growing portion of the nonalcoholic beverage market.S. 7UP Curvy is unlike anything we have seen so far in India. a native Chinese herb that has for centuries been used for its aphrodisiac effects. according to a Local 6 News report.3 billion. folic acid and other essential vitamins. Schwartz said the federal government told him that he cannot claim the beer is good for drinkers and can't list vitamins on the labels because it would be an implied health claim. Schwartz said Stampede tastes just like regular beer but with a kick. energy drink sales grew to US$3. Source: [Ubercool] Vitamin Beer A brewer in Dallas has created a beer that promises to be better for you because it is filled with vitamins. packaging solution with stylish contours. Globally. "We are pleased to present the new 7UP 'Curvy' bottle which spells style. We are positive that the cool new 7UP 'Curvy' bottle will enhance consumer connect with the youth".com] . "Stampede is the first Vitamin-enhanced beer. aesthetics & differentiation. Dozens of energy drink brands have hit store shelves since Red Bull was introduced to the U. the energy drink market topped US$5 billion in 2004. India executive marketing director Punita Lal. according to Beverage Digest. should find ready appeal. according to the report. according to creator Lawrence Schwartz.63 - . U." Schwartz said. containing Schizandra. including PimpJuice.
eggs. Still. flip-top pack.64 - . best of luck. very addicted to. Source: [BRANDWEEK] Caffeine SpazzStick Caffeine. Invented by an Alaskan police officer in need of a wake-up aid (polar bear-on-polar bear crime is apparently way down). So you can cop a fix any time you need it. One you can be very. But things are about to turn around. Or take a goody bag filled with kettle corn. meanwhile. Source: [DailyCandy] No Fear of Allergies There are those who do the whole nondairy/nonanimal product thing by choice. or molasses cookie.Wrigley's First New Product In Nearly A Century Known throughout the ad world for its iconic “Doublemint Twins” ads. senior marketing director for Wrigley. and gum . Them. chocolates. the Doublemint brand today debuted its first new product in nearly a century. along with an ad campaign that satirizes its own brand. are absorbed quickly and effortlessly through your lips. jawbreakers. the balm contains skin-softening ingredients that heal your lips in even the coldest weather and comes in tasty flavors like vanilla toffee and cool mint. the lip balm formulated with copious amounts of caffeine. as many a sanctimonious health freak has informed us. the late-night runs to your dealer for double espressos have gotten a little out of hand. The large quantities of caffeine. Suggested retail price is 69 cents for 37 mints. Offered in both Wintercreme and Mintcreme flavors. What you need instead is SpazzStick. thanks to Divvies. To which we reply: So call us Pete Doherty and pass the biscotti. We’ll just be over here enjoying our Easy Cheese and Slim Jims. Wrigley’s Doublemint Twins mints feature two flavors in one mint. For an afternoon refreshment. is a drug. “Consumers told us that they were looking for an innovative and exciting way to enjoy the Doublemint brand that they grew up with. try an oatmeal raisin. chocolate chip. And then there are those with allergies who do it because they have no choice. Doublemint Twins mints packaging comes with the familiar blue and green Doublemint arrows and come in a convenient. we feel for — that sucks." stated Paul Chibe. To them we say. or nuts. The company’s treats are made without dairy.
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Nutritionists. happier kids and steer clear of pesticides. The maternal healthnuts share info and inspiration about how to raise healthier. which offer up an affordable. fresh shellfish feast on a whim. who says busy schedules and the lack of an official Canadian holiday make it challenging for people to find time to prepare the dishes they need to celebrate in style. Organic has moved out of the specialty aisles of our grocery stores and now pop off almost every shelf. as the stores gear up to celebrate Chinese New Year-which this year includes a more polished offering of T&T's popular table-ready. and pollutants.O. Source: [The VanCouver courier] Organic matters Mothers of Organic – otherwise known as M. and fun activity suggestions help wellnessminded moms instill the organic spirit (and healthy eating habits) in their kids. barbecued meats to go and baked treats. Multimedia downloads. of course. if for no other reason than its well-stocked live seafood tanks. organic chefs. preservatives. Asian vegetables. – is an online beehive of proorganic moms. wellness experts. no muss-these well-executed dishes offer the perfect chance to put on your own Chinese New Year's celebration at home. The all-natural network was created by farmer-owned food label Organic Valley. exposés.66 - . Source: [Iconoculture] ." jokes T&T's Melina Hung. There's more. The Hired Belly is a big fan of T&T. "Think restaurant food at supermarket prices. Whether you're a self-confessed kitchen klutz or a seasoned dabbler in Chinese cuisine-no fuss. Walk into any T&T right now and you'll be greeted by a blaze of red and gold.O. from aisles of staples and specialties to frozen dim sum. and celebrity activists (like Raffi!) regularly contribute advice.Chinese New Year Takeout T&T Supermarket is celebrating the arrival of the Year of the Dog in style this month. takeout Chinese New Year's menu. educational tools. and personal experiences.
R. binders and all the gear you need for your day. the Flexible OLED suit.pick your color and even chose options such as locking zippers and a ventilated back. you program the intervals at which you would like to take a smoke. Backpack iD. the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) has designed one for you.Nicostopper If smoking de-addiction is one of your new year resolutions AND you are serious about it. Once the ciggies are in.E. a new customizable backpack that features integrated iPod controls. how about walking down the street wearing all of them in a special outfit. No more digging for that iPod. The trick. lies in sticking to the device alone to dispense your cigarettes. like a discerning grandmother.67 - . Well.O. The backpack’s keypad. Not only will you be allowed to take the cigarettes out only at the pre-defined intervals. Source: [BornRich] . check out the Nicostopper from Fagor. tracks and play/pause. Dual main compartments are roomy enough for books. And we're hoping that the $300 you would have to shell out for it might be a good enough incentive. Source: [Popgadet] Wearable Computing Devices If you want to be always equipped with your favorite personal computing devices all-the-time without carrying any external baggage then. located on the right shoulder strap. and connects to iPods via a dock connector. The coolest feature is the online customization feature -. The Nicostopper is an electronic cigarette dispenser in which you can fit a maximum of 10 cigarettes at a time. Source: [Popgadget] Play iPod from Backpack Nike has introduced the C. of course. the Nicostopper will also flash “self-help” messages each time to make you feel guilty as well. has controls for volume. but. if you quiet liked the idea then you dont have to go on looking for a Bond-tailor to get one. The special outfit is decorated with wearable personal computing devices.
Source: [Gizmodiva] iPod Stories PlayAway Books are like little iPods that contain books such as John Grisham’s “The Broker” and Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code”.68 - . Source: [Gush magazine] Keep Cool The Chosun Ilbo lists some unique products whose fun concepts and designs can help you cool down the last hot summer days. I’m still a fan of regular books. But this USB Kitty begs to differ! It’s a watch-cat for your computer. They come with ear buds and a lanyard to wear around your neck so people can still see what you’re reading or in this case listening to. Though for guarding purpose dogs are the best options over cats. The summer's biggest hit is a small and handily designed USB fan that needs no external power when connected to a desktop of laptop. Source: [Digital Chosunilbo] . We just live in it. When you walk away from your computer and there somebody wants to touch your PC. The canines are alert and scary (at least when needed) as opposed to the felines who are sluggish and gullible all the time. but these would be good for traveling. it will meow. you need to leave your chair for answering nature’s call or whatever else. When you’re working on PC. children or spouses make the best of it and try to peek into what you have been unto. But at such times.USB Feline It's Kitty's world. hiss and sing melodies in order to scare away the intruders. folks.
For cautious travelers. Worried about . jogging or otherwise. and portable. Source: [Iconoculture] Easy Power Strip As we all know. Taking toys on the road is becoming an essential part of travel.Headband + Headphones + Headset For most of us who use headphones while commuting. the biggest problem with conventional power strips are the unconventional plugs with whom the ol' girl mates. designed by Chul Min Kang and Sung Hun Lim. simple and universal tools that keep them going are key to making consumers feel prepared. The headset is optional and so are Dangles. The E-rope.-by-2-in. teardrop. These boys come in all sizes and shapes resulting in at least one or two unusable sockets due to overlap. on the spot. cellphones and even digital cameras. Source: [Popgadget] Power On The Go Fun in the sun gets a jolt of power with Solio.69 - . an interesting new line of headbands for women by designer Steffi Thomas. is a modular power strip which can be twisted about to better accommodate cable gore with large. at least not if the 2006 IDEA award winning design concept from the kids over at Brooklyn's Platt Institute is taken from art to part anytime soon. bulky plugs. Road warriors running low on juice can open up Solio's three solar panels. GPS. Whew! Seems like a pretty ingenious idea and the product itself looks too adorable to resist. Well no more dear reader. and charge up their electronic gadgets with a small connector cord. But what if you could do both? Take a look at Swapsets.” this headband helps you dress it up by functioning as a headband-cumheadphones-cum-headset. Featured on the ZDNet review “Wild for women’s gadgets. which fan out like a clover. that folds up into a 4-in. a degree of self-sufficiency around important gadgets creates feelings of security and empowerment. it generally seems like a hard task to look stylish and wear headphones at the same time. a solar-powered battery charger for iPods. which can be attached to the bottom of the headband to look like earrings.
make three at once.99 to $89. low-frequency magnetic pulses that suppress the spread of a migraine. which comes with three insulated stainless steel canisters and a book of recipes. way too hot to be easy. Fortunately. Available at national retailers and Web sites for $59. The device is a spin-off of neuroscientific studies attempting to identify functions of different parts of the brain. applying different TMS signals to different parts of the brain. just give the socket section a 90-degree twist to strangle-off the current. They did this by either stimulating them or suppressing them. and I can only imagine what it must be like to suffer continuously with migraine headaches. frozen yogurt or sorbet? Make all three in just 20 minutes with the new Triple Scoop gourmet ice cream and frozen treat maker from Euro-Pro. .vampire devices quietly leaching power off the mains? No problem.99. manufacturers keep churning out delicious new ways to feed these seasonal cravings. which holds coffee preferences for registered individuals. eh? E-rope [Engadget] Migraine Zapper I’m fortunate enough not to suffer with migraines. A see-through cover with feeder hole lets you keep an eye on the treats and easily add mix-ins such as nuts or candies. while you're down there you could just unplug the damn thing but that's just an inconvenient truth. Using the technique of transcranial magnetic stimulation or TMS. and the livin' is .70 - . and vision etc. Source: [JS Online] Caffine innovation The Milan furniture fair contest focused on how the coffee rituals will evolve in the future. Can't agree on an ice cream flavor? No problem . No stirring is needed with this automatic machine. though exactly how. Source: [Coolest Gadgets] Triple Scoop It's summertime. chocolate chip or French vanilla? Ice cream. The first prize winner is the “Nespresso Card” that is a personal chipcard. Of course. The card enables you to access your favorite coffee anytime. isn’t well understood at this time. but I have had a couple of occasions when I’ve had the most unbearable headaches and sensitivity to bright lights. researchers found that they could map the different parts of the brain that deal with (or are somehow associated with) language. Strawberry. anywhere. The hand-held migraine zapper is a gadget which produces short but strong. memory. The second prize winner is an interesting concept of InCar coffee machine featured here that is . .
it's probably better if you just ate it.71 - . Pomegranate is the new green tea for spa treatments because of all the antioxidants. They are both common ingredients in facials and body scrubs.designed by Thijs van Cuyk and Lavrans Laading of the Netherlands." said Lisa Kasanicky. coffee and chocolate are helping spagoers stay young and beautiful. spending up to $240 for a single treatment. a safe. Care has been taken to assure that these products contain no controversial sweeteners such as aspartame or saccharin. a local spa directory Web Site. now you can have as many cups of hot coffee as you wish even when you are driving! Source: [Bornrich] Facials Good Enough to Eat It's the newest trend among Scottsdale spas pureed perishables used to attract upscale clientele. Source: [East Valley Tribune] Dental Hygiene Zenith Dental introduces Kolorz. So. chief executive of Arizona Spa Girls. "Spa is becoming more and more of an everyday thing in people’s health and wellness routine. And local spagoers are eating it up. and Foam and Gel Fluoride. I am just seeing everything that you can possibly eat in a spa treatment." Kasanicky said. the unusual is becoming so usual at the spas that Scottsdale's Convention and Visitor's Bureau took notice and compiled a list of some of the more exotic resort spa treatments. "Probably the hottest food right now is pomegranate. the antioxidants in fruits like pomegranates and cranberries are supposed to reduce wrinkles and improve skin." she said. Spa owners say newly discovered healing benefits in foods like caviar. "People are looking for more exotic and different types of treatments." said Laura McMurchie. a new hygiene line that includes a Topical Anesthetic Gel. Zenith went to gourmet food industry experts to develop products with a superior taste and smell. But others say it's mostly hype. Kolorz contains Sucralose®. The list included everything from a coffee-grounds body wrap to a massage using warm golf balls. "But honestly. To develop this new product. "Right now." Regardless. vice president of communications for the Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau. Prophylaxis Paste. noncaloric . The gadget fits conveniently into the centre console of a car and can also double as an armrest when you aren’t using it to make lattes. For instance.
” Source: [Trendhunter] Mobile Dentist . Be sure to try this one. a natural sweetener found in fruits and berries. and Xylitol. The saviour of bad hair days has arrived. You will be very impressed with the taste and smell of the variety of popular flavors. has released a hair straightener vending machine. In order to prevent allergic reactions in patients with Celiac disease. so for those occasions when sleek and sexy turns to shock and horror. Both of these are safe for diabetics. Order from your dealer or go to www. wind and even the heat can cause perfectly styled hair to ‘frizz’ and ruin the best night or day out.com for more information. a UK company. the Straight Up machine is now available in clubs. we have the solution.72 - . all Kolorz products are gluten-free. Source: [Dental Economics] Straight Up Hairstyling Machine Beautiful Vending. “We all know how frustrating the British weather can be. bars and gyms.zenithdental.sweetener. the rain. Their site describes.
too. On-Site Dental owns two trailers.A. Source: [Iconoculture] . This visit took only 30 minutes. sat in a dentist's chair and had her teeth cleaned. Most of the patients are employees covered by the casinos' dental insurance plans. which pay up to 80 percent of the costs of most dentistry. but an entrepreneur. His company's basic service combines technology. extended its line of "ingestible skin care" products with its new "Chocolate Clarifying Bar". Down on the Strip. "If you know Las Vegas traffic these days. She. Beverly Egan. a Las Vegas company founded seven years ago by Chris Davenport. White Glo Crave Away and F. sat in airconditioned comfort. you know what a benefit this is. she approached a trailer. After 20 minutes. are two toothpastes that claim to curb hunger cravings with herbal formulas that signal the brain that the body has eaten. The powder contains a cultivated bio-vitamin complex which helps the skin regenerate its natural support system. who is not a dentist. What will you tell your kids now? Source: [Strange New Products] Slimming Toothpaste Hungry? Go brush your teeth. After a short distance." she said. Whiter teeth and a thinner body to go with it? As beauty buffs raise the bar on what they see in the mirror. a manufacturer of cosmetics and skin care products.rays taken before scheduled dental work.000 patients every Monday through Saturday in the parking lots of 11 casinos in Las Vegas. now you can eat too much chocolate to take them off.73 - . in another mobile dental office decorated in pale blue amid menacing power drills and X-ray equipment. The mobile units are owned by On." said Taube.Site Dental NV. appreciated the convenience.Samantha Taube stepped out of the MGM Grand hotel and casino into the bright sun to walk to the parking lot. entered. Egan had popped in to have X. who trains employees in the huge casino's slot machine operations. The zit-zapping confection contains Borba's "Skin Balance Clarifying AquaLess Crystalline Powder" to remove toxins and improve skin clarity. "I'd have to take three hours at least if I had to drive to an office. multitasking products give them greater hope of keeping up. Source: [IHT] Ingestible Skin Care Borba. mobility and the American reverence for saving time.T. she was back at work. If it was eating too much chocolate that put zits on your face. a poker dealer at the Stardust Resort and Casino. each fitted with two dental offices in which dentists and hygienists see about 1. Consumers hot on the trail of a thinner body are happy to try new therapies that don’t involve eating less or exercising more.S.
unglamorous and look and smell as if it was made of sand and sawdust. the Chinese admit that this process has only just begun. and a even gravitydefying. i. a toothbrush that lets you mix up your own flavors. in treating fractures the traditional dexterity in coaxing broken ends of bones into alignment has been successfully adopted. Some significant results have already been achieved.com] New Medical Trend in China Chinese biomedical scientists are now developing a new approach to medicine by combining traditional Chinese medicine and Western biomedical science. for instance. magnetic Batman Batcave to hold dental supplies. Ancient theories such as Fu Chen Pei Ben (to strengthen the patient's vitality) are applied. and the results are encouraging. .. to stimulate the patient's appetite and to improve his general condition with herbs while being treated with Western anti-cancer remedies. For instance. the hunt is on for alternatives. Hasbro toys. Heart diseases are treated with Western drugs in combination with Chinese herbal medicine. Tough job..Toothbrush Tech Leave it to the folks at MIT to develop hightech. Before you dismiss the significance of toothbrush technology.74 - . Entries include a brush that dispenses a sticker every time you brush well. 2nd graders at a local academy. There was a time when “ethical beauty” was a bit of an oxymoron. huh? They actually came up with some really cool stuff.toothbrushes? And not just any toothbrush. Source: [Entrez PubMed] Ethical Beauty For those dismayed by Anita Roddick’s “sell-out” to L’Oreal and who have sworn never to darken the Body Shop’s doorstep again. a product had to be worthy. but "toothbrush toys promoting good dental hygiene. (Results of the design competition come out soon..e.) The course worked with MIT Dental.. and x-ray has been used to check whether there was accurate bone union. This is the current medical trend in China. and with the real expert themselves. it seemed.." Instructor Barry Kudrowitz's Toy Product Design course created protypes of kid-friendly toothbrushes and toothpaste dispensers to get kids excited about dental hygiene. consider these findings from an MIT survey: "Toothbrush beats out car and computer as the invention Americans can't live without. To be ethical. in cancer therapy." Source: [Gearlog. However.
there's also going to be a tongue cleaner. where it’s stored for later retrieval by e-mail. Patients activate the WristClinic at preset times. Source: [Israel21c] Wrist-top Clinic WristClinic. as he takes the VeriFresh tongue cleaner out of his briefcase to demonstrate. Crunching the numbers trumps doing crunches. salon or chemist near you. Today’s health-conscious consumers are as concerned with monitoring their stats as they are about long-term physical fitness. quite the contrary. Web." Welt states emphatically like a mouth care evangelist. which provides a solution for the 200 million Americans who suffer from a range of oral problems ranging from bad breath to periodontal-disease-causing bacteria. It's just that the two founders of Israeli company VeriFresh Ltd. "Wherever there are toothbrushes. are very persuasive and descriptive when talking about their line of futuristic products including tongue cleaners. Globetrotting executives and other busy consumers who need to keep tabs on their vital signs feel more secure leaving home with a mobile wrist-top clinic. gum massagers and flossers. Source: [Iconoculture] . effective and even luxurious products and most are available in a health food shop. Source: [News & Star] VeriFresh The first thing most people probably feel like doing after talking with Theodore Welt and Jonathan Weisberg is brushing their teeth and cleaning their tongues.75 - . They believe they're setting a new standard in oral care. According to Welt. It's not because they're disgusting or anything. using icons on the LCD menu to transmit data to a telemedicine call center or an automated Web-based databank. monitors vital signs with a wireless wrist-top device that measures everything from body temperature and blood pressure to oxygen saturation and onelead EKG. made by Ireland’s Telcomed. or fax. Consumers also can opt to have measurements transmitted continuously. the tongue cleaner is a new design of an age-old product that provides many oral and general-health benefits.Things have changed radically (due in part to the dramatic rise of the Body Shop in the Eighties) and there are now many ranges suiting all sorts of budgets offering good quality.
On one hand. a place where the barriers and bitchiness of womanhood come down and two strangers will bond over the texture of a Stila lip gloss. Powderpuff’s girl-in-chief. says that. “I really like your top. when women looked immaculate. you ’ll get women coming in who want a whole adventurous change to their look. Three years ago Europe's leading retail beauty chain moved into the U.S.” Given our ability to turn a lavatory into a private boudoir of chat and beauty. with a love of retro style. She says the Powderpuff Girls offer more than just a useful hair and make-up service: it’s a whole aesthetic. they tend to be booked for the start of the reception so guests can have their make-up touched up before the next stage in a long day. who will preen your lady guests with a VIP hair and make-up session — and they do it all in the loos.” she says. if radical. with a simple. has remained stuck in its longstanding "look but don't touch" tradition. “At late-night parties. . “I love Lulu Guinness’s look. playing on that 1950s style.” Reynolds is a ballet dancer-turned-make-up artist. Both approaches leave something to be desired.76 - . or a simple. but only with the hovering attention of a sales person whose commission is driven by pushing a specific brand. you can hire in this crack team of professional make-up artists in sexy but prim Agent Provocateur-inspired uniforms. It created a retail environment that invited customers to roam the store and try on different lipsticks. drug stores sell cosmetics in sealed-plastic packaging that require shoppers to buy things like lipstick without a chance to try it on. the pigment in a Nars blusher. Instead of department store-type cosmetics counters that force shoppers to interact with a salesperson to sample a product. Sephora has staked out the middle ground. eyeliners and blushes made by many different manufacturers." Source: [The Sunday Times] Radical Cosmetics For products as individual and personal as the look of your face. department stores allow more hands-on access. Spotting a void in the marketplace. it is remarkable that cosmetics merchandising in the U. it’s a wonder that nobody thought of the Powderpuff Girls sooner.S. though. Alternatively. For £400.Powerpuff Make-up Artists Women have always treated the ladies like a no man’s land. Katie Reynolds. concept. mid-evening. at weddings. “We’re coming from the same place.
tissues. Sephora's open. So when Antin created his Jonathan Product hair care line. Dr. Pharmacists program pill-popping times into the dispenser. “The biggest comment we get about the shower filter is how much softer it makes your skin and hair. SIMpill notifies the patient via text message on their cell. a revolutionary water filter for your shower—and the closest you can get to showering with pure spring water short of a trip to the Rockies. If there’s no response.com] Alarm Pills As technology lets us monitor more aspects of our lives. he used only deionized. it can mean safer medicating and better health for forgetful patients. Time for a pill? The SIMpill bottle takes the guesswork out of medicine schedules. Source: [Sephora. tap water is loaded with chlorine. Source: [BusinessWeek] Pure H2O Antin has long required his model and actor clients to shower with bottled spring water the night before a photo shoot so their strands are in top condition for the next day—and free of what Antin says are the dulling and drying effects of tap water. rendering hair soft. cotton swabs. Lancome and Calvin Klein. an alert hits the phone of a family member or other designated caregiver (Business Day 1. Strategically placed mirrors. and all the more manageable. Christian Dior.” says Antin. packaging and bottle design. David Green. Antin has taken water purification to the next level with the introduction of his Beauty Water™ Shower Purification System. strip the skin and hair of natural protective oils and prematurely fade hair color. minimalist displays entice shoppers with sumptuous product colors. Gucci. shiny.77 - . and if the bottle’s opened too early or too late. there’s no warning – a better system than constant alarms. This breakthrough water filtration system removes these damaging elements. Prices usually out of sight in department stores are prominently marked. Now. If the pill’s taken at the appointed time. astringent and makeup remover encourage sampling. According to Antin and his team of researchers. Without the pressure of a salesperson eager to close a sale and move on to the next customer. shoppers feel free to spend an hour or more trying out different colors and different brands until they arrive at the exact ones they like.05). says SIMpill’s inventor. using cellphone tech to alert patients (or their caregivers) when a prescribed dose is missed. because “people get message fatigue” Source: [Iconoculture] . heavy metals. purified water to offset the dulling minerals found in tap water.Sephora is organized around freestanding racks that feature such chic brands as Bulgari.25. and other harsh chemicals that dry out the hair.
Source: [Springwise] Washroom Fun . iscape manufactures and sells purpose-built garden offices. with all stages of the project undertaken and co-ordinated in-house. The buildings are designed to fall within UK permitted development rights. Every garden office comes complete with integral electrics and includes sockets and lighting.78 - . which creates garden offices to a customer's exact wishes.Garden Offices For everyone who'd like to escape office politics and the daily commute. Design conscious lawn commuters might be more interested in the company's bespoke service. so in most cases buyers don't need planning permission. Both are multi-use outdoor living spaces. but the Miana was specifically designed to be used as an office.
Glori Beee's is on track to generate $250. cherry tomatoes and strawberries. Source: [Treehugger] . including things like chili peppers. the couple's upstart company. “if you make a mistake noone need know. With it comes your ability to grow vegetables. As the site puts it. now find their product listed in one of the largest professional rehabilitation catalogs in the country and on the shelves at local Walgreens stores. said Willie Jacobs. who adds that his grandchildren love them. gourmet herbs. we're happy to say that it has finally arrived. and are marketed and distributed by Glori Beee's Kidz Corp. Skeptical? They even guarantee a harvest after 28 days. a 69-year-old retired machinist. Linda." for seniors and the disabled. Source: [Chicago Sun-Times] Aerogrow Here's a little something for burgeoning urban gardeners and those without green thumbs alike.It’s official. with a patent and mold in his possession and a manufacturer under contract. allowing the user to easily spoon from it without tilting it forward. It's also marketed for young children. We featured AeroGrow's aeroponics system back in the day. the garden goes for $149. "It's a useful product. before it was available for sale. The bowls are manufactured by Warren Specialty Molding in Chicago. Jacobs and his wife. available through their website and selected retailers like Sur La Table. when you can challenge your brain with Sudoku. the colorful. said Linda Jacobs. was doodling on a napkin while rehabbing from a heart attack when he came up with the concept for a tilted soup bowl. The bowl is angled in the bottom.95.95 and the seed kits are $19. whose parents want to avoid spills.000 in revenues from the bowls this year.” Source: [Uber-Review] Tilted Soup Bowls Willie Jacobs. Seven years later. Sudoku has jumped the shark. AeroGrow also offers seed kits to go with the garden.79 - . To the naked eye. greens. rather than soil or water. herbs and the like in your kitchen (or just about anywhere indoors) by suspending plant roots in the air.. adding that she hopes to hit $1 million next year. with the help of the "smart" lighting and nutrient-cycling that comes with the garden. you can just flush it away. microwaveable and dishwasher-safe product looks like an ordinary bowl. the company claims accelerated growth and increased yields over hydroponics and traditional outdoor gardening. The suspended plants derive their nutrients from the air. Why read the newspaper during your washroom visit. The bowl is designed for the disabled and seniors with unsteady hands who have difficulty spooning food from regular bowls.
Mind out of the gutter. please. We’re talking about a shower. far away. Hot and steamy. hang a limited-edition piece from the likes of Patrick McMullan. Inspired by a passion for photography and art. Its large. Or. Choose blue.Shower Curtains You like it hot. your lounge or your trade-fair booth the finishing touch. So much so that it takes you to a place far. Rome. if your tastes run a little more abstract. Focus. really. Namely. here. The molecular structure allows the chair to create multiple positions that you can’t even think off! Source: [BornRich] . a shower behind an Izola shower curtain. or Venice. The feel seating system is made of 120 soft balls covered with elastic fabric. or Christopher Makos — whom Andy Warhol once crowned the most modern photographer in America. then I bet you will be completely mesmerized with the Animi Causa’s “Feel Seating System” which can change its form according to the emotional state of the body! The Feel gathers all positions in one object.80 - . the vinyl curtains were created to bring a little something extra to your time in la toilette. Spine-tingling. Just like our popular Mambo stool. Source: [DailyCandy] Maxi Mambo Maxi seat pleasure. this seat is made of resiliant transparent polypropylene. maxi design fun: The Maxi Mambo gives your reception area. Source: [Topdeq] Emotional Seats Want more furniture like the mood light furniture that changes colors as per your mood. Step behind a romantic cityscape of Paris. The shape of the stunning seating system is inspired by a molecular structure. red or clear. Faile. round seat is attached to a silver-painted steel base.
The advantage of this is that the mirror reflection is retained while the user accesses anything from within the cabinet.au] . unlined window panels and fussy fabric-store treatments that don't convey the modern look they crave. Source: [infolink. The sides of the cabinet are available in gloss.com] New Bathroom Cabinet The latest product to be rolled out in the Rifco product line is the Metro line of cabinets. while bevelled mirrors are a stylish option. while the two fully adjustable wire basked shelves ensure maximum efficiency of space is achieved.Devine Color Schauffler. creator of the high-end Devine Color brand of interior house paints. she hired an apparel company to shape the window treatments — making the corset moniker more than just a marketing ploy. using the unique design of a side opening in which the shelves slide from behind the attached. fixed mirror.81 - . All parts are high moisture resistant." Schauffler says. "We decided to tailor the window with color.com. plans to expand her $10 million annual business by introducing a line of custom window coverings she calls corsets: valances that hug the top of window frames and transform into full-length draperies by zipping on skirts of different hues and textures. To get a precise fit. Source: [USATODAY. Her approach to the product illustrates why Schauffler has transformed in a few years from stayat-home suburban mom to a businesswoman whose products have national reach. predicting this corset will liberate women who tell her they have few good choices beyond lower-end.
and other baby skills. a shave. and that he did. Source: [Josh Spears] Ready Daddy As a young father. Guise. but the shopping at Guise is not too shabby either. I always enjoy when I come across products that are made for fathers. and includes all the pockets and flaps you'd expect from a good diaper bag. shop and enjoy a cocktail? Well for you Chicagoans. manly look. diapering. Source: [Babygadget] SkyVentureArizona . this might just be your lucky day. but that doesn't mean that we remain bumbling for the rest of our lives.One Stop Cut Would you believe me if I were to tell you there was a place where one could get a haircut. The Daddy's Tool Bag does all these things. and also keep us better organized without making us feel like idiots. is the creation of Brad Habansky who was looking to create a one-stop shop where men felt comfortable. In the front of this swank establishment is numerous barber chairs each featuring their very own plasma television. and at $45 is also affordable. The bag has a nice. The main draw for me is the comfort of being able to get a good haircut (*cough* and manicure) and not have to worry about looking to prissy in front of your female counterparts. I hate the stereotype you often see on television and commercials of the bumbling dad. car seats. as well as a video that gives good step-by-step instructions on things such as bottles. located on Halsted in Lincoln Park. Does it take us a touch longer to pick up some skills when it comes to child-rearing? Sure.82 - . The real value comes from the included vinyl changing mat.
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Kinko's and youth hostel. on the odd floor number where in Manhattan you might find tarot readers or nail salons. arcade. An inspired extension of the basic Internet cafe. Contemporary military weaponry is restyled by the artist as high fashion accessories for sophisticated ladies. When life in Istanbul gets too stressful. Source: [The New York Times] Butterfly from American Express . Today there are 10. The first Gran Cyber Café opened in 1999. Each has a slightly different orientation — some are geared to teenagers. Source: [LuxuryLaunches. as if by a trick of their trademark low light. In Tokyo. In the world's most media-saturated city. people take a break by checking themselves into media immersion pods: warrens cluttered with computers. these establishments contain row after row of anonymous cubicles. In Rio there's the beach. arms dealers. Situated well above retail level. Using leopard skins. The Bagus Gran Cyber Cafés are Tokyo's grand temples of infomania.84 - . serving some 5. sophisticated ladies and exigent soldiers. inset jewels and fake furs. the Gran Cyber Cafés shift their meaning the more you study them. though. and at times all city dwellers have to take their leave. Antonio creates a range of specialized items for wives of mafia bosses. brightly lacquered colors.Weapons are born from the most outstanding contemporary Italian features: the obsession for personal security and the passion for elegance and fashion. TV's. people can head to the baths. newsstand. At first glance the spread looks officelike. some to salarymen — but the atmosphere is the same throughout the franchise: equal parts lending library. video games and every other entertainment of the electronic age.000 people a day. the antidote to urban overload is more of the same. but be warned: these places are drug dens for Internet addicts.com] Media Immersion All cities takes a toll.
it’s linked to your regular Card account with all the same benefits and services. but . as it usually is with cool products. Even though it has a different Card number. Also built into the bed. $25. It is a stylish new companion exclusively for American Express® Gold Card members. but it should be large enough since it’s so close to you. The TV is only 22”. but luxe mattresses and decorator themes befitting not a doghouse. you can activate the TV that rises out of the foot of the bed like a display-screen in some James Bond villain’s hideout. The only downside. We don’t think many people would buy a bed that’s worth more than their cars. The Butterfly card works interchangeably with your traditional American Express® Gold Card. is the price.AMEX has introduced the the new Butterfly card.900 for this bed. Source: [PORTALINO] Pampered Doggies Would you make any much-loved family member sleep on the floor on a lumpy pillow? That’s the logic driving a new generation of high-end dog beds that feature not only frames. Source: [American Express] Luxury Bed + TV What could be better than watching TV in bed? How about watching TV in bed on a TV that’s built into the bed? Using a wireless remote. an electronic leveling system.85 - .
" says Magier. Our formula is the result of tests conducted by an independent veterinary nutritionist to ensure daily consumption levels are safe and accurate. how could Fido’s sweet dreams be far behind? Source: Iconoculture Art Hotels The trend in hotels with themed rooms seems to be spreading like a rash." says Magier.86 - . K9 Water Co. we're committed to producing the highest quality product we possibly can for dogs to enjoy. Inc. The Original K9 Vita Water can be enjoyed in four of the flavors dogs enjoy most: chicken.the room of a pampered child. "Each variety is specifically formulated to provide your dog with essential vitamins that contribute to overall good health while providing the hydration that dogs need. We use only purified water.com. It’s fun and definitely not for the minimal-lovin faint hearted. . recyclable bottles. entire floors. and can also help maintain consistent energy levels and production of collagen. there’s nothing about these canine crash pads that says “dog’s life. which can make you feel as though you’ve stepped into a fantastical abstract painting. Each of the 30 rooms has been created by a different designer or artist in everything from stylish deco style right through to crazy kitsch. beef. human grade vitamins and no artificial colors. The idea is to give guests a completely different experience to the guest next door.” Then again. The founders of K9 Water Co. liver and lamb.provide sufficient hydration and essential nutrients with The Original K9 Vita Water. Gutter Water and Toilet Water. with a good night’s sleep on the radar for human health. or check with your local pet store. and conveniently packaged in colorful. The clever concept sees different artists and designers commissioned to fit out each room. according to Don Magier. From the Asian-themed Saigon Day Bed Frame ($300) and Pampered Puppy’s “Furari” dog bed ($250) to SSS Petcare’s wrought-iron frame ($127-$163) and pillow-topped mattress ($250-$420). Source: [The Cool Hunter] Drinks for Dogs Vitamin fortified. "Dogs are raving that it's REBARKABLY REFRESHING!" Magier says." He says it is a tasty alternative to pills and chalky powders. B. "As animal lovers and pooch parents ourselves. C and manganese. The latest hotel to join in the trend is the Reflections hotel in Bangkok. UK. believe that one of the best things you can do for your dog's health is also one of the easiest -. CEO. Magier calls it "a delicious treat that can help maintain healthy skin and coat. Hose Water.. 1/2 liter. Inc. The Original K9 Vita Water(tm) is fortified with vitamins such as A. It is available at http://www. flavored bottled water specifically formulated for dogs has been introduced under the titles of Puddle Water.k9waterco. or in the case of the Madrid hotel. with hotels in Denmark. Berlin. Paris & Madrid.
trendy and troubled teenagers.Source: [K9 Water Co] Silent Squeak The Soniks have arrived to revolutionize the squeaky dog toy forever with their exclusive "Silent Squeak" technology only dogs can hear. Source: Petgadgets. Windjector use of air resistance allows each individual to work out at his own pace. explore petgadgets. and the harder you work out. respiratory. The whole family of toys contains an ultrasonic squeaker that emits sound in a range above the hearing of humans but just right for playful dogs! Introduce your dog to the silent but spunky Sonik toy family: Proud parents SubSonik and SuperSonik.87 - . This workout helps improve flexibility. and the trusted family pets Woofer and Tweeter. UltraSonik and HyperSonik.com. The structure can turn a 100 times in one direction or a 1. The faster you move. and mobility. Source: [Yenra] Homes That Rotate Perfect for entertaining and personal enjoyment a RotatingHome may be just right for you. agility.000 in the other or stop in any position while always being connected to all utilities. The twentynine core muscles are crucial for improving athletic performance as well as for performing everyday activities. stretching. This is all made possible by the truly unique and patented SWIVEL at the heart of the home. a rotating deck can surround the entire circumference or just part of your home.com Wind Workout Windjector from Dosho Design uses air resistance to provide a cardio workout. For more innovative and high tech pet products. You can choose the speed it rotates. . Windjector provides training for the cardiovascular. and muscular strength systems.the RotatingHome allows you to see your entire view from all the major rooms in your home! If you prefer to enjoy your view in the open air. No longer will you need to decide which rooms will have a great view and which rooms will have minimal view or no view at all . just like any other home. muscular endurance. we recommend a variable speed from one revolution in 30 minutes to one revolution in 24 hours. the more resistance you encounter. and strengthening of the core muscles. A RotatingHome can be built in any size or shape with all or part of the home turning and it can have any number of stories with one or all rotating.
stop. re-return(!). run. Entertaining. For others. The workout runs participants around the court urgently enough to keep their heart rates in the cardio-training zone (65 to 85 percent of maximum heart rate) while helping improve tennis skills. a watch and my well-honed ability to count heart beats via my carotid artery. richest. squaring up to imaginary balls and swinging imaginary racquets.88 - . culminating in a phantom overhead slam down a nonexistent opponent's throat. With only one fully Rotating Home that meets 21st century building codes currently in existence. Cardio Tennis. yes.com] The AeroPress Coffee Machine You’d think we would have already perfected the best way to produce a cup of coffee from coffee beans. Hit. On an indoor court at Sport Fit Bowie in Bowie. Independent reviews suggest the new Aerobie AeroPress delivers the smoothest. It's billed as similar to an interval workout. Armed with a racquet. stop. a national program being offered at a variety of venues in the Washington area. seeks to change that. purest and fastest cup of coffee (under 30 seconds) you’re likely to find and the bonus is that the AeroPress costs just US$30. the uniqueness and technology are unprecedented! Source: [RotatingHome. the game is more stop than go. return. Source: [Gizmag] Cardio Tennis Tennis can be a great workout if you have skilled. But not a heart-rate booster. instructor Kevin McClure starts me and four other participants with warm-up footwork moves followed by a repeating drill in which we hustle from one spot to another. whack ball into net. curse.A rotating home is perfect for an upscale beach house or large mountain cabin or even in areas prone to storm surges! Steep mountain terrain is not a problem as the RotatingHome can be built up on a central steel column. sprinkled with cuss-muttering frustration: hit. No unforced errors! Source: [WashingtonPost. hail taxi to retrieve errant shot.com] Vacation Homes . I showed up to give it a try. competitively matched partners playing singles. but several years of research by Stanford University mechanical engineering lecturer Alan Adler (the inventor of the Aerobie flying disk which holds the world throwing record of more than a quarter mile) appear to have found a better coffee machine. even social. etc.
They can enjoy all of the amenities of vacationing in a firstclass resort while having ownership of a real estate investment that has potential to appreciate. business centers and fine-dining restaurants. They are beautifully furnished condominium suites in some of the most prestigious hotels and resorts around the country. in some cases. you have the option of placing it into the hotel's rental program. with the balance going to the hotel operator. The condo hotel owner typically pays for real estate taxes. The rental revenue that owners receive helps defray these expenses and. by capitalizing on the hotel's brand name. Here’s what makes the condo hotel concept so appealing. many buyers see merit in the condo hotel concept as an investment tool. So how do condo hotels differ from owning a traditional vacation apartment or condominium? First of all. the hotel pays for most operating expenses such as housekeeping. They say it gives them the best of both worlds.000 to over $1 million for top properties. Source: [Condo Hotel Center] . More importantly. Sonesta. centralized reservation system and management expertise. ownership is 100 percent hassle-free. Ritz-Carlton. Trump and Rosewood.89 - . Condo hotels enable you to own a luxury vacation home at a world-class resort and receive rent revenue whenever you're not using it. Hilton. insurance and capital improvements. or even justifying the expense when it’s only to be used for a couple weeks of the year keep people from making the dream a reality. Prices for condo hotel units range from $250. Now comes along condo hotels. or in the heart of a booming downtown. When you’re not using your condo hotel unit. as the hotel operator takes care of renting and maintaining the unit as well as managing the property’s many amenities. near popular theme parks or attractions. Typically they are high-rise luxury hotels located on prime land overlooking the ocean or a golf course. renting it out in the off-season. these are not your typical second homes.or five-star amenities ranging from full-service spas and fitness centers to concierge services. provides additional income. administrative and marketing. unit owners typically receive a higher level of rental income than they would from a traditional vacation home. But often concerns about maintaining it. national affiliations. While the hotel operator doesn't guarantee the rental of the unit. Condo hotels are operated by big-brand management companies such as Hyatt. You receive 40%-60% of the revenue your unit generates (it varies by property). big league advertising. How are the ownership expenses split? As part of the rental agreement. a new type of vacation home ownership that provides solutions to all these problems. Starwood. While developers primarily sell their condo hotel units as a lifestyle and vacation home alternative. The properties often feature four.Many people dream of owning a vacation home.
The latest ad stunt for the movie “Du och Jag (you & I)” involved spreading wallets in the streets of Stockholm. Designed by yoga/Pilates guru Grace Lazenby along with a team of Hollywood personal trainers. it's all part of bringing life to an industry long known for its deadly dull marketing. and a good way of trickpromotion someone without making them upset. jogging and picnics are not the first things that spring to mind when you think of cemeteries and funerals. and Malmo which have fake ID’s for the movie’s star Niklas Anderssason. Source: [TrendCentral] Lost and Found A lost wallet is something you almost instantly pick up and examine if encountered on the street. Armed with research by Pollara.iTrain: Your Personal MP3 Trainer If you’ve exhausted your Awesome Workout Mix and can’t seem to find the right motivational soundtrack to hit your stride on the treadmill. You won’t have anyone to serve as your therapist or to yell at when you feel like you’re about to break. there are 11 different workouts ranging from iStretch to iSculpt Ballet. But for Mount Royal Commemorative Services. historical walking tours. "we decided to (use) our marketing efforts to say we're committed to educating Montrealers and consumers about the funeral and cemetery profession. these exercise MP3 downloads may be just the thing. on Montreal's Mount Royal. tree hugging. I have to say the idea is clever. defenitely unique." . bird watching. Gothenburg. Source: [Caffeine Marketing] Funeral Marketing Marketing Magazine: Shakespeare in the Park plays. which found the single biggest thing consumers want from the funeral/ cemetery industry is information. Each one is a personal training session/soundtrack that you can purchase and store on your MP3 player.90 - . but you also won’t have an excuse to not work out when you’re away on vacation. gospel concerts. You might pick it up because you’re a good Samaritan or you just want to see if there’s are cash in there for the taking.
cell phone maker Nokia Corp. Another is playing paddleball with the thing. director of marketing for the non-profit cemetery and funeral complex. we feel Atkins Advantage provides exactly what they are looking for: better taste and better nutrition versus the competition. Sony has paid building owners to use wall space for the campaign. "Today's consumers are better educated about nutrition than ever before. DZP has designed a new national print campaign designed to articulate the Atkins Advantage: a unique nutrition advantage versus the competition: high fiber. In major cities such as San Francisco. and the images have become a familiar sight." Thompson. Wide-eyed kids. high protein. "We took the approach of trying to demystify the business. though. used sidewalk ." said Neumann. music and movies. Miami and New York. who worked in sales in the Montreal radio business for 17 years and had a brief stint in 1996 as vice-president. "Our new management has streamlined operations and built a foundation for strong financial performance." said Neumann.says Tim Thompson.. Nike Inc. a device that can play games. In Washington's Adams Morgan neighborhood. Source: [Marketing Magazine] Compelling Ad ANI has appointed DZP Marketing Communications to lead the strategic development and repositioning of Atkins Advantage. comic-book rendering. Time magazine and even stodgy International Business Machines Corp." Source: [Yenra] Graffiti Ads The images are painted directly onto building walls in urban areas. It's the latest effort by a big corporation to capitalize on the hot world of street art to reach an urban market that has learned to tune out traditional advertising. and no trans fats. enabling us to invest in the new DZP campaign which educates consumers about the nutrition advantage of our great-tasting Atkins Advantage bars and shakes. are among the growing list of companies that have dabbled in street art to get their marketing messages out. The trend makes some artists squeamish even as others start marketing firms or open galleries. vitamins. What looks like artful vandalism. came to Mount Royal to set up its sales and marketing division. minerals. "DZP's insights and creative solutions have resulted in a comprehensive. integrated campaign that clearly positions Atkins Advantage nutrition bars and shakes. One licks his like a lollipop. pose with a mysterious. sales and marketing of the Montreal Alouettes. graffiti-style.91 - . portrayed in a stylized. low sugar. is really part of a guerrilla marketing campaign for Sony's PlayStation Portable. hand-size gadget.
Naito's 2004 novel "Love Link" recorded 1. The motto: All that's fit to drink. Marketer Media generates revenue by providing advertisers with the opportunity to deliver measurable. The main goal is to build a community of top columnists. According to Shinchosha. Source: [Marketer Media] Your Own Radio Station Commuters and road trippers already know that satellite radio makes gridlock more tolerable.month period in which it was serially distributed. Now. As a business. Imbibe magazine covers everything from cocktails to wine to beer to juice to coffee to tea. business.com] Eupinion The Eupinion (EUrope oPINION) is the innovated and unique newspaper (digital media concept software). publishers in Japan want mobile subscribers to read more than simple text messages. cost-effective advertising that is based on new D2D or D2C concepts. based on real citizen journalism concept.Y. "Love*. Radio invites listeners to create and host their own customized national radio show — uncensored and commercial-free. Source: [IHT] Liquid Mag Step into liquid." posted free on a mobile Web site. Source: [TrendCentral] Novels for Cellphones In Japan. A different listener will take the reins every week. If you’re still bummed that the local radio station failed to play your request for the Top 5 at 9 back in 5th grade (not that we’re bitter or anything). this is way better. Their latest development.chalk drawings to promote its N-Gage. Advertisers use our advertising program to promote their products and services with direct targeted advertising. who writes romantic novels popular with women in their 20s and 30s. Another of her novels.5 million paid accesses over a six. We are based in Slovenia -. . cellphones have become a tool for writing and reading e-mail messages. received 14 million accesses over six months. but our services are available to news publishers and writers worldwide. Source: [BizReport. cellphone users are gravitating to authors like Mika Naito. writing on any global issue (politics. sports etc). when it launched the product in 2003. Publishers like Shinchosha and Kodansha and their distribution partner have been bolstering readership for novels and comics on cellphones. a cell phone aimed at gamers.92 - .I. fashion and trends.EU. D. and Sirius is still continuing to spread their innovation wings.
users must first download special free software to their camera-equipped phone.The premiere issue of the bimonthly publication features hot chocolate and mezcal in Oaxaca. By July.) But you can use Earworms to get them out — and learn quelque chose while you’re at it. great hotel bars around the country. Download 75-minute lessons in German. volume two of all of the languages will be released. called FP (Fine Picture) code. (Chinese is offered only on CD. The m300 will be available worldwide in time for Christmas. b) Who let the dogs out? c) You oughtta know. A handy guide to every imbibing opportunity will whet whistles through inspiration and empowerment. and French. Battery life is not too shabby with a 70 hour standby time. Source: [DailyCandy] Cellphone Watch Just in case the m300 looks familiar. To use FP code. Then. and Russian are coming soon. Earworms Musical Brain Trainers layer basic foreign words and phrases over pleasant instrumental tracks. Fujitsu unveiled a new type of “invisible” barcode. Source: [Iconoculture] Foreign Tunes DailyCandy: Q.93 - . (Sorry. the code is sent to a server where it is converted into URL data. when the camera is used to take a picture of an encoded photograph. After listening to the songs a few times. your brain probably remembered Samsung's prototype cellphone watch instead which was never released commercially. What do the following lyrics have in common? a) I would walk 500 miles. Source: [UberPhones] The Invisible Code On September 13. which is used to . There’s a really good chance they are now going to be stuck in your head all day. A. Like a catchy tune that you just can’t shake. with features that range from USB and Bluetooth connectivity to a 99 phone number book. The m300 GSM cellphone watch is the first one out in the market. you’ll find that you’ve picked up some useful lingo. which allows data to be embedded directly into color print photographs. Arabic. Japanese. a photograph can retain its original quality while serving as an “object hyperlink” to websites that users can access via mobile phone. FP code consists of a series of faint yellow lines — said to be invisible to the naked eye — which are overlaid on the photograph during the printing process. Spanish. Italian. so you can pre-order yours today. Trappist ales and organic wines. Once encoded.) Portuguese. Greek.
com. But the call isn't to some Stones groupie holding up a phone from the bleachers.and high-end mobile phones these days. if you're a Cingular Wireless subscriber. on the quality of your phone's speakers. So. Motorola wants you to be able to customize you super sleek phone even more. you don't have to. The clarity depends. the line of products that made Motorola's mark on the map so explosive. "the sound quality is superior. But now. founder of Single Touch Interactive. then hitting the send button as if they were making a call. in Paris." says Anthony Macaluso. A buck ninety-nine gets you seven minutes of Jagger & Co. When the concert is about to begin. With its popularity. to create new versions of the RAZR that will have laser-etched images from James embedded onto the outside casing of the phone. Text.94 - . you can dial pound 106 and tap right into the concert. Ami James. Source: [I4U News] . If you miss the call. they get an automated call on their mobile phone letting them know the concert is starting. which developed the listen-live technology Cingular is using. Source: [Pink Tentacle] Mobile Concert Are you going to miss the Rolling Stones playing Paris on July 28? Well. Cingular is using innovative new technology that lets its customers dial a number that connects them to a live feed of the Stones rocking the Stade de France. This connection goes straight to the band's mixing board. Motorola has teamed up with tattoo artist extraordinaire. in part. Here's how it works: Interested users register for the concert ahead of time by pressing pound (#) and 106. Source: [BusinessWeek] Tattooed Handphones When you talk about mid. video and audio content can then be delivered directly to the user’s phone. Callers then confirm that they want the service. That's it. even pink. You can also register on the Web at www. the RAZR has become available in all sorts of different colors.connect the user’s mobile phone to the corresponding website.listenlivenow. it's tough not to mention the RAZR name.
allows them to hear their cellphones ring when their parents and teachers (mostly) cannot. called "Laundry Time. "When we brought out the teenager repellent to market. who has been fielding hundreds of calls from companies and journalists around the world since the annoying ring tone became popular. Microsoft.Compound Security Systems Ltd. Source: [Mobiledia] Repellent Ringtone When it came out in Britain in December. The technology lets consumers manage the laundry process from remote locations such as a grocery store or soccer game. said Simon Morris. Its annoying. freeing them up to go about their day rather than forcing them to stay home to manage the process. And the company that brought the Mosquito to market -.Laundry Time Whirlpool today began testing "smart" washing machines and dryers. we really didn't think anybody would be interested in ring tones" in the same frequency. The pilot project. high-pitched sound -. teens are staging a worldwide rebellion: Downloading the sound. TV and/or cell phone. marketing and commercial director for Compound Security.is being barraged by a new market of companies wanting to sell a line of subversive ring tones. Now." is part of an open collaboration involving Whirlpool Corporation. Hewlett Packard. Source: [WashingtonPost. monitored and controled from computers and cell phones.com] Nu Mobile . of Britain -. the Mosquito sound system was supposed to be the sonic equivalent of a "no loitering" sign.which many adults can't hear but most young people can -. Laundry Time is built around a connected laundry solution that links a washer and dryer to a home network and sends text messages about the laundry's progress to a computer. To be conducted in Atlanta homes between today and early September. Panasonic and Procter & Gamble.95 - . or another ring tone in that same high-frequency range.would act as a teen repellent.
myNuMo could eventually become a valuable source for young music and art creatives to gain exposure.96 - . but in an open source. The site offers users the tools to create and publish ringtones. is one thing. and of course. "The promise of mobile commerce has never been stronger. Jordan cited the popularity of online payments and the prevalence of mobile phones as reasons why consumers are more open to making payments using their cellphone than eight years ago when PayPal first tried offering a mobile payment service. PayPal Mobile lets consumers instantly buy goods and services. If you want your girlfriend to see a special secret image. But that's not all: the DIY side of the business is Tagit’s KoolTag: “You can create a KoolTag for any message you want to communicate to your friends. not producers. from the QR Code and the humble 2D DataMatrix to Tagit’s own proprietary Tagit. and the NBA Store for its Text to Buy service.Code can be decoded. print it out." PayPal's chief Executive Jeff Jordan said as he introduced the service in a keynote speech at the CTIA wireless show. CUSTOMER MADE world. by sending product codes via text message. PayPal signed up News Corp. a unit of online auctioneer eBay Inc. marks a big step in further bridging the worlds of electronic commerce and brick-and-mortar stores. Although it’s in the beta testing stage right now. all you need to do is to create a KoolTag on this site.com] Mobile Commerce from PayPal The move by PayPal. All that's needed is a cameraphone to capture the KoolTag which lets you see the private content.myNuMo is a new teen-oriented. Members can then profit from their creations by uploading them to their own custom webpage within the site where they can then sell them by using a text-message ‘shortcode’. make a little cash on the side too. Viacom Inc. Source: [TrendCentral] Tag it and Share! Codes for consumers. Source: [BizReport. videos. such as compact discs..'s MTV. KoolTag is free!” Source: [Trendwatching. email it or just stick it on a t-shirt to attract attention. NBC Universal's Bravo. online community with a similar model for user-created mobile phone content. who have developed a universal decoding engine which runs on an open platform. or if you want to share a private video clip with your friends.com] . DVDs and apparel. by giving consumers a pay option via telephone. meaning that all types of digitized codes. promote themselves and hopefully. what about codes by consumers? Check out Singapore based Tagit. wallpapers.'s 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.
Parents aren’t pushovers. 31. Kechlibar.No Spying Espionage agents. a company that creates mobile phone software. have devised a new program that codes text. his long hair tied in a low ponytail. according to the first annual T9 Texting Outlook Survey. Kechlibar. reclines in a mustard-colored plush armchair. and they hope to release it next summer. It's no secret that text messaging is on the rise. while also picking up money-management skills. Source: [The Prague Post Online] Cellphone Responsibility Through its Off the Hook program. polite tones. appropriately named SMS 007. In fact. Teens have purchasing power. even mobile phone operators — can read them. Sixty percent of those who sent text messages have sent one to tell someone they love them or miss them. and required discussion of bills with parents. "Everyone has a right to their privacy. The free program includes prewritten e-mails teens can send to parents explaining that they understand cell responsibilities and a teen/parent contract stipulating things like allowed monthly minutes. Teens who honestly show willingness to shoulder responsibility for actions and bills stand a better chance of winning parents’ cellular rewards. but Captain Mom still exerts some control. paranoid conspiracy theorists and others prizing their privacy have cause to thank Marian Kechlibar. Šatánek is there. too." Outside it's a cold Karlín evening. "We felt that there is too much phone tapping going on in this country. both men sound excited in their own restrained ways. wood-paneled Prague 8 headquarters of CircleTech. And quiet. 27. phone etiquette. ." says Šatánek. But inside the three-room. The two are working on a version that codes regular cell phone conversations as well. even texting to share amorous thoughts is on the upswing. messages so that no third party — police. Source: [Iconoculture] SMS and Date Predictive text software developer Tegic and love author John Gray offer the top-ten tips to help ensure a successful union of texting and dating in 2006. and his friend Jiří Šatánek. secret service. Speaking in low. Cell-Phones-n-Plans offers teens hankering for cellphones a way to show parents they’re serious about cellular responsibilities. or SMS.97 - . Their program. is one of the first of its kind that can be installed into most cell phones. Include parents in the picture when targeting teens to reach both decision makers. it's warm and cozy.
Keitai KunKun isn’t the only tech company following its nose: Singapore’s Nice Smell Kaori-chan Perfume Straps for cellphones emit sweet (and savory) scents like Jasmine. T9 predictive text software anticipates the word that a user is entering as they press a key just once for each letter. not a conventional outlet. has a client base marketing gurus dream about. Xavel's site shows it knows who its customers are. 50 percent more than in the previous year. There’s even a special blend for Hello Kitty. or text message. But fashion and other conventional retail ware are starting to get cyber shelf space. And Valentine can be reached in only nine steps. Text messages are an informal and fun way of communicating. Curry. The smelly celly accessories are triggered by the signal of an incoming call. Source: [Iconoculture] Mobile Boutiques Xavel Inc. Annual sales from mobile shopping are nearing 1 trillion yen in Japan. Downloads of screen images and ringtones continue to dominate cellphone showcases. The Tokyo-based fashion retailer operates a cellphone shopping site. Japan’s Keitai KunKun smelltones release subtle (yet unmistakable) aromas like Berry and Wild Nature. Net effect: Projected sales of between 7 billion and 8 billion yen for the year through September from its mail-order operations. it is helping to create a new industry.com] . When they're done shopping. and English Tea with every ring. Source: [ChannelNewsAsia. This kind of word-of-mouth advertising is not only ringing up profits for Xavel. e-mail. Gray. customers are in the habit of e-mailing their friends to pass on a recommendation. For example. Source: [Yenra] Scented Phones Your phone is reeking. It is sprinkled with whimsical pictures and symbols. keying love requires just four keystrokes (5-6-8-3) instead of eleven when tapping out letters individually.98 - ."Sending a text is a great way to get to know someone better and to let them know you are thinking of them." said Dr. It means the referred customer can be making the same purchase within minutes. Young women are leading the charge into mobile shopping.
At the same time. author of "The Age of Spiritual Machines" and inventor of the speech-to-text synthesizer. NaturalNano’s idea is to completely block cellphone signals with this paint. a theater owner could allow cellphone signals before the show or during an intermission. a publicly traded company based in Chicago. announced today it will launch its flagship product. Nanobots also will be able to make us smarter too. Inc. at 4:00 PM CST.in 2009 -.99 - . Source: [dBusinessNews] Cellphones-free Paint NaturalNano has used nanotechnology to develop a type of paint that stops cellphone signals. predicts scientists by 2029 will have created "nanobots" capable of repairing the human body from within and immersing the five senses in full virtual reality environments.spooztoolz. but completely block them during the movie. Spooz will publish its e-commerce website. 7 at the Technology Association of Georgia's annual summit in Smyrna. combining a customizable interface. thanks to breakthrough advances in artificial intelligence. provides a suite of solutions designed to simplify financial trading for traders and hedgers alike. charts. a comprehensive historical database. That's according to futurist Ray Kurzweil. streaming quotes. and then provide a radio filtering device that will allow wireless signals to pass through only when they’re appropriate. As pre-cursor to the product launch. that theater owner could still allow emergency radio communications to get through. Spooz. it’s not a crime to passively prevent signals from passing through. SpoozToolz(TM) and its modules. he predicts: improving memory. Inc. It’s done by blending particles of copper that are inserted into nanotubes. add built-in trading capabilities to the popular Microsoft(R) Excel software application.SpoozToolz Spooz. SpoozToolz(TM). Kurzweil.com. sensory and cognitive abilities..people will have fast Internet connections at all times in all places thanks to advances in small. www. nanotechnology and a soon-to-be-acquired knowledge of the human brain. Using this system. which is exactly what NaturalNano’s paint does. Source: [Gizmodo] Big Nano Future In 2029. the Company's flagship products. technical analysis. mobile electronics embedded in clothing and in the . people and computers will be "intimately connected" in profound ways. who spoke Feb. Just around the corner -. and electronic trade execution into a simple addin that becomes part of the Excel tool bar. While jamming of cellphone signals has been ruled illegal by the FCC. and then mixing and suspending these tiny particles into a can of paint. earlier in the afternoon.
0] . Thus. Becoming the ultimate marriage status symbol. and more than 800 other sites that award ecomiles for purchases. UK jewelry company Cred is committed to providing a fair trade alternative for conscious couples. The miles are redeemed for dollars. Members simply log on to Ecomiles's e-commerce portal. young couples are opting for ethical “conflict free” rings. Ecomiles even sends users regular updates to let them track the progress of their pet projects." he said. which members can contribute to any of 12 charities. Ecomiles works with the United Nations Development Program to pinpoint charitable groups and projects in need of funding. Source: [Atlanta Business Chronicle] Ethical Rings A growing trend in the UK. virtual reality experience and "displays will be written directly on our retinas" from eyeglasses and contact lenses.environment. "Computers will disappear.000 members. who can distribute their contributions among the different charities however they choose." says Marcus Courage. The company now has nearly 10. Many brides-to-be don’t want to shatter their fantasy diamond with the reality that the diamond industry is often linked to funding civil war and child soldiers in African countries such as Angola. Helping people make a difference For-profit Ecomiles was founded in 2004 by a South African entrepreneur named Gustav Erlank and the VC firm Madagascar Development Partners. the company only works with small scale mining communities like Oro Verde where human rights and fair labor standards are carefully monitored. as visiting a Web site will become a mobile. Source: [TrendCentral] Ecomiles Airline miles are nice. a rewards program where the points translate into charitable donations. "We essentially wanted to establish a global development currency. including the World Wildlife Fund and economic development groups such as SOS Children's Villages. brides are the latest consumer group to go socially conscious. which links up with Barnes & Noble (Charts). and Congo.100 - . Sierra Leone. a corporate citizenship consultancy. the startup generates revenue by taking a small percentage of each transaction and selling advertising on its website. eBay (Charts). Source: [Business 2. but wouldn't you feel better about splurging on a new flat-panel TV if you were helping to save endangered species? That's the idea behind Ecomiles. Ecomiles's chief marketing officer and the managing director of Africapractice. Though not yet profitable. Hotwire. There is even a rumor that fashion designer Katherine Hamnett is launching an ethical engagement ring.
which utilize user profiles as a basis for stardom and give members the power to decide who they want to see on the big screen. foregoing the more traditional broadcasting routes that required radio stations and producers.0. And it's generating serious buzz—just two weeks after its launch.101 - . similar to Flickr. Adding a new twist to the basic social networking platform are the following temporary sites. it seems almost every group has a place to connect online. The “Veeks” or “video peeks” can also be viewed in other blogging and social networking sites that accept embed codes. Source: [TrendCentral] . Veeker is a free video messaging service that enables a camera phone owner to shoot video and instantly share it with friends. the creator can opt to keep it private or to share with the Veeker community. the site garnered 800. where. via live listener call-in segments." a site called BlogTalkRadio enables registered users to schedule show times and receive callers through an assigned phone number. Users of this temporary site create a profile with photo and video and can then opt to become a fan of other users. Often described as “podcasting 2. The profiles that attract the most fans score an audition for the show. Islandoo: The concept behind this site is to find candidates for the UK reality TV show Shipwrecked (similar to Survivor). Videos are sent directly to the Veeker site. Source: [TrendCentral] Blog Radio Show Taking heated comment section feuds (when readers pick fights with bloggers and other readers in a blog’s comment section) even further. Source: [TrendCentral] Temp Social Networks From giants MySpace and Facebook to niche sites Sneakerplay and SportsMates.Veeker Video Peeks You may soon hear people saying "VM me" rather than "IM me". bloggers and podcasters now have the chance to engage in direct discourse with their devoted readers and/or listeners—this time.000 daily page views.
'What if I put a number on a sticker and put it on cars?'" Philips bounced the idea off a few friends and a few strangers in bars. "And the light turned green. It's the usual boy meets girl. and share it via email and/or RSS feed. video and audio onto a background (which is also editable).C. "It was a great little talk. and I never saw her again. girl drives away and he never even gets her number story.).com. You can also rate and post comments to other people’s scrapblogs and easily embed them onto your own blog. burn in onto a DVD.S. A user signs up and gets a sticker in the mail. The premise is simple. or export it as a photoset to Flickr. He says eight or nine out of 10 people gave him positive feedback on the idea. The light turned green. and waits for the emails to roll in from interested potential dates encountered in traffic. Source: [Popgadget] . Source: [Philadelphia Weekly Online] Scrapblogging Scrapblog is a Flash application that allows you to create digital scrapbooks. I didn't want to follow her and do any kind of stalker thing. She drove away. LBI (Long Beach Island)." Instead of chalking up the experience to a missed opportunity and moving on. tourist secret code: OBX (Outer Banks. WW (yes. "I thought. And one warm summer day in 2004 he pulled his Mercedes up to a light in the western suburbs and began chatting with a cute girl in a Jaguar next to him. He merged two of the biggest automotive fads of recent years: flirting (always a fan favorite) and those oval stickers from European license plates. The intuitive drag and drop functionality allows you to add pictures. Not convinced yet? Just take a look at the scrapblog tour on the site. N. text. And after debt from a divorce forced him to file for bankruptcy last September." he says. adapted as U. Philips decided to do something about it. you can print it.102 - . even Wildwood). The person puts the sticker on their car's bumper. boy likes girl. he figured there was no better time to launch his business. "It took me about a week to put the two together. He developed FlirtingInTraffic. And last but not least. you can participate in the scrapblog competition and win a digital camera.Drivers' Romance Philips switched from a 9-to-5 job to one as an independent consultant building intranet infrastructure for pharmaceutical companies. and once it’s finished. He never saw her again. You can choose to make your scrapblog public or private." Philips says.
which remained privately funded and owned. 'I'm going to get on the front end of one of these market waves. using different coloured markers for hard. Source: [Entrepreneur. review tennis gear. vote for the most likely to succeed and take part in other yearbook traditions." said John. sales have increased every quarter since. Z57. Z57 has four offices. he's turning to the internet to preserve and share memories of his sophomore year. The company offers website design. pass him by. The Tuckahoe High School student is trying to persuade as many as his friends as possible to sign up at MyYearbook.com] Tennis. clay and grass courts. which lets members add court locations.000 month. It also lets players record scores and matches. The 15-year-old has posted a collection of school-related photos and videos.and save some money. I didn't want to miss out on the biggest opportunity in the history of business. Today. Groups can be formed for club teams. as do many of his classmates. The website lets tennis players find other players of their own skill level.com -. the company had its first $50. "I'm confident in that. who attends school in Eastchester. Even during the dotcom crash. I knew that was it. but he repeatedly saw opportunities. schedule events and read the latest tennis news. a suburb just north of New York City. and besides.e. Source: [Springwise] Yearbook Dot Com John Shin refuses to buy a copy of his high school yearbook." . "I told myself. Z57 narrowed its marketing services to the real estate industry. Anybody? Mesh Tennis is a new social networking site just for tennis players. 42. too. connecting the tennis community online. Another smart feature is a Google Maps mash-up. "When the internet came. school teams or doubles." A year after launching. managed to thrived.103 - .'" says Weber. e-mail marketing and personal coaching to real estate agents nationwide. They're able to exchange virtual notes. Very useful for travelling players who'd like to find somewhere to play. 225 employees and 2006 projected sales of $18 million. That same year. "I'm going to bring everyone who matters to me to MyYearbook. in their own area.Real Estates Steve Weber always wanted to be part of something big. like the fax and PC markets. Becoming a member is free. they're like $70. Instead.
Source: [Wired] Sexy Online Dating Springwise: One to watch is Naughty America. director of communications for Jostens. The founders. it isn’t ridiculous). etc. It's an adult (18+) massively multiplayer online dating game. If there’s one for dogs and cats. .But skeptics wonder if the free website can ever truly replace the traditional printed chronicle of high-school memories -. or turn on their webcams for some real world 'action'. Naughty Dubai. "Students continue to say they prefer print yearbooks for obvious reasons. Ethan Lance and Dave Snider. photos and video. sex. where players can create their own avatars and explore a 'sexy' world.even for the generation that's grown up with the internet. and meeting up. why not for cars? Berkeley. Given the huge success for anything that involves social software. Naughty America may well be the success its founders are expecting. there's a vibrant opportunity to set up Naughty Belgium.104 - . Naughty Singapore. class rings and other scholastic memorabilia. previously worked together at CNET before starting this company. Realworld meet-ups can be arranged for as well.a new web startup focused on car fanatics (and better yet. And although they're inviting players from across the globe. will anyone want to haul a laptop to the 25th class reunion? And what happens if the technology changes or something happens to the dot-com? Jostens and other yearbook companies have responded to changes in technology by offering a supplemental DVD offering student-compiled music." said Rich Stoebe. California based Boompa is just that . launching this summer. which sells yearbooks. Source: [Springwise] MySpace for Cars We have social networks for just about everything these days. After all.
Source: [TechCrunch] Winning Together Today's apartment complexes. responding with over 45. tax consultants and a wide variety of other businesses extend lucrative offers to encourage customers to refer friends to their business.com using tags to make searching and identification easier for users. MutualWin. Eccky (created by Media Republic) is a multi-player concept that allows two people to create a virtual baby. Because Eccky is – in essence – a very fancy chatbot. Users submit articles for review and also decide which articles go on the homepage by marking them “digg it”. Michael Bernstein. which is essentially giving it the thumbs up. A new Internet site. While Digg. "This revolutionary Web-based listing service signals the arrival of a new type of free opportunity portal on the Internet. we wrote about the Internet trend of tagging. Source: [MutualWin] Playing with Eccky Appealing to the IM-generation. Source: [Springwise] Digg It Just about a year ago. www. The site is extremely well designed and uses Ajax effectively throughout. well-functioning 18 year old. The latest web trend that tech insiders are buzzing about is digging. add it to their MSN buddy list." he adds. communication is the key. credit card companies. which is derived from a quiz the couple takes before conception.mutualwin. "It's a Mutual Win!" California entrepreneur K. connects consumers so that they can take advantage of a wide range of referral offers. retailers. The look and characteristics of the child are based on the unique 'DNA' of its parents. What makes this site unique. "Like-minded consumers nationwide can use the site to cash in on offers extended by all kinds of businesses. or want to own. fulfilling the site's slogan. the practice has really taken off with everyone from bloggers to dating sites such as www. and contact the owner and/or add him or her as a friend. Which is where instant messenging comes in: as with real children. The name comes from www. a seasoned Silicon Valley executive with a Masters in Logistics Management.digg. is that its readers are also the editors.com has the copyright on the term “digg”. airlines.105 - . . and guide it through its childhood and teens. The parents then have 6 days (each real world day is equal to 3 Eccky years) to raise their Eccky into a happy. developed the site. a site composed of links to technology news articles. gyms. other forward-thinking sites such as video sharing site Vimeo are also implementing the “dig” feature. Other users can tag and comment the vehicle. Parents chat with their Eccky via MSN Messenger like they would with anyone else." Bernstein explains. The articles with the most “diggs” go to the top of the page.Users enter information on cars they own. it can engage in a conversation.500 recognized topics.net. however. The fact that just the two founders built the site in a few months is impressive.com.consumating.000 different answers about 3. Since then. vacation destinations.
Otherwise. But this tiny San Francisco company could be the next MySpace. Grinnell's digital clothing and "skins" allow users to change the appearance of their avatars -. claims she earns more than four times her previous salary. Michigan furniture delivery dispatcher turned fashion designer in cyber space. As Cassidy says. it will spread like crazy and you can monetize it later. And after three months she realized she could quit her day job altogether. but it also gives control to the users. you probably haven't.their online representations -. Mischief. Xfire's main purpose is to make it easy to play games online with your friends." says Cassidy. whose avatar answers to the name Janie Marlowe. never imagined that she could make a living in a video game. Grinnell was making more in Second Life than in her real-world job as a dispatcher. especially by those shaken when the dotcom bubble burst.106 - . positive and lacking ambiguity." Talk like that is often ridiculed. Source: [TrendCentral] Virtual Riches Jennifer Grinnell.beyond their wildest Barbie dress-up dreams. or more relevantly. One of its great virtues as a business is that it has little value for someone unless their friends also use it. and Grinnell. a virtual world whose users are responsible for creating all content. landowners and currency speculators. all designed around gaming. Mike Cassidy. or Amazon (Research). If you're a male online gamer aged 18-34. or Hotmail. are turning the virtual environment of Second Life into a real-world profit center. Now Second Life is her primary source of income. But if a company really understands its customers. The speaker in this instance was that company's CEO. (Research) last year for $650 million. the whole thing is "monetized" with advertising. the online gaming site bought by News Corp. Within a month. IGN. it's hard to beat such a formula. is in Second Life. Artists and designers. Source: [CNN Money] . That's what we call a viral business model. It's free. Or Xfire. The average user convinces five friends to join the first month. Grinnell isn't alone. "We're a combination of a social networking and community site with a media and ad buying site. chances are you've already heard of Xfire. Grinnell's shop.Digging could become a popular alternative to starred or numbered rating systems. Google (Research) comes to mind. Not only is it simple. Source: [Wired] Xfire CNN Money: "If you make the product cool and people love it.
A portion of every Planet Dog purchase goes directly to the Planet Dog Foundation. Hollow in the middle. to support canine service programs. They come complete with a silver threaded base. buoyant and bouncy. They are reminders of lights my grandma and gram used to hang outside during the holidays. My favorite kinds of Christmas lights are the really big. the Treat Spot can be stuffed with favorite treats to keep your dog busy during your holiday fest.107 - . Now dog owners can bring that nostalgic look to their pup’s toy bin. The two plush toys come packed with holiday glee with decorative “tinsel” in a clear reusable satchel with drawstring closure. The manufacturer and inventor Mark Schuette of Oregon claims the human is in total control of the speed and direction of the dog powered scooter . though we suspect that parking might be a problem. if you have a big dog that often takes you for a walk. Seriously though folks. Source: [Williamsport Sun-Gadget] Dog Scooter This new concept in near zero emission transportation could be just what you’re looking for. The bulbs are made from the Orbee-Tuff award-winning material that is doggie-durable. Planet Dog is proud to help spread cheer and goodwill to dogs that serve and support their best friends. The Obree-TUFF Bulb with a Treat Spot is a minty. These plush squeakers are embroidered with the words “naughty” and “nice” on each with silver thread.flavored holiday toy for any type of dog who enjoys play. Planet Dog’s non-profit. remember during this holiday season that Planet Dog is committed to canine philanthropy. Who needs to wrap these. Also. The bulbs come all sizes for all dogs and in festive red. I think it’s more the shape than the smell that is special about these toys. fat bulbs. here’s a great way to harness all that energy and travel the bike paths of your city at the same time.Orbee-TUFF The minty-fresh smell of Planet Dog’s Orbee-TUFF balls may just send anyone (even the dog) into the holiday season. green and even glow-in-thedark.
Source: [Gizmag] Cool Vest Just in time for the hot dogs of summer — the Cool Vest. A laminated liner keeps the dog from getting wet and the special fabric dries slowly. taking up to two hours. The Cool Vest comes in five sizes.because the dog is harnessed inside of the frame and subject to its steering (with 90 degree turns easy) and braking force. allowing the pet to stay cool as the water evaporates and takes away the heat.108 - . the Cool Vest is now being sold in the United States to keep dogs cool in hot weather. It can be re-moistened. Owners soak the vest in water and it remains wet. Source: [Dayton Daily News] . Originally marketed in Japan. two colors.
DealMine. can smell its distinctive “soft” odour.dealmine. Free membership with DealMine. With thousands of discounts. has begun to perfume the lobbies of all its British hotels with a chemical smelling like fresh fruit. consumers can access DealMine.com is the only place consumers will find a one-stop shopping website that showcases how membership-based deals compare with general sales and discounts available to all consumers. Upromise and more. frequent flier programs and associations. 12 JCPenney. or checking out at their favorite store.com guides shoppers how to take advantage of the programs where they belong as well as learn about new programs. AAA. Now when checking in at the rental car or hotel desk. to figs. 800 hotel deals. 11 Target. “Scent branding” is widespread in America and is now arriving in Britain. The Sheraton chain. Source: [Times Online] . meanwhile. DealMine.com deals and much more from programs including American Express. miles. Veterans Advantage.com or http://m. American Airlines AAdvantage. said to be welcoming.com deals. “We are all members of countless programs designed to save us money. AARP.com enables travelers and shoppers alike to bookmark their favorite deals and save their membership numbers – all in one place. The site currently features over 100 car rental deals. pumped into shops and the foyers of hotels. DealMine. Customers in Mothercare.com announces the launch of its wireless application for consumers to access their membership deals on the road.com] Scent Branding The nostrils of consumers are to be assailed with a wave of artificial odours designed to lull them into parting with their money. By making our discounts and rewards search wireless.” said Scott Cherkin. which psychologists have found induces feelings of friendliness. range from melon. Delta SkyMiles. we hope to make choosing the right deal much easier and more accessible. the baby and toddlers’ shop.What's the Deal? Personalized comparison shopping site. CEO and Founder of DealMine. The smells. the hard part is keeping track of which deal is best. Visa. points and cash back rewards from credit cards.com) on any WAP-enabled wireless phone to compare deals and put them to work. and the invigorating whiff of lemons.com.dealmine.109 - . On the web.com (http://www. Source: [DealMine.
Calling Get & Go Express an “unmanned c-store” might be a bit misleading. It not only doesn’t have a staff, but the goods are all stocked in machines facing outward. What’s more, it doesn’t have tobacco, alcohol, gas or lotto tickets — c-store staples. And its profit margins are even more distinct from its traditional cousin. Founder Jeff Parsons is building the chain on a simple idea. He realized removing the employees would widen margins to the point that it was feasible, even without the traditional high-margin items that require employees to verify age. And he’s augmenting his efforts with kiosk technology: deploying DVD rental kiosks and ATMs in the mix. Source: [KioskMarketplace]
Smart Shopping Cart
It looks almost like any other shopping cart, except sensors let it follow the shopper around the supermarket and slow down when needed so items can be placed in it. And it never crashes into anyone's heels. "The immediate thing that jumped to my mind was all those times as a kid when my sister would accidentally hit me with a cart," said its inventor, Gregory Garcia. "It seems like the public would really want this, since everybody shops." His cart, also known as B.O.S.S. for Battery Operated Smart Servant, was one of about 30 robots displayed last week by University of Florida students. Source: [CNN]
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Intelligent Fitting Room
Researchers from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU)'s Institute of Textiles and Clothing have recently developed "An intelligent Simulator for Cross-selling & Up-selling using Smart Fitting Room & Smart Dressing Mirror". It is envisaged to help fashion retailers boost business volume by improving sales and customer services. This system uses the technology of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) to detect items brought into a fitting room or placed in front of a dressing mirror. When an item is picked into the fitting room or placed in front of a dressing mirror, the product ID will be immediately detected and transmitted to the system through the antennae and reader. The mix-and-match database of the system will then deliver recommendations to the customer through a touch-screen LCD monitor or projected screen. In the fitting room, if the customer is interested to pick the recommended mix-and-match items, he/she can make their choice by clicking the items shown on screen. The salesman in the shop counter will thus be informed, through the intercom system, of the additional items required by the customer inside the fitting room. Source: [SFLORG.com]
Umbrella Vending Machine
Remember Norwegian 'Paraplyselskapet AS', who came up with the world's first fully connected umbrella vending machines? Well, Springwise guess they hit a bit of a rainy spot (maybe it was their name?), as the company is basically inactive these days. So bad idea, end of story? Not really: UK-based Umbrolly has resurrected the concept, and is busy installing machines all over London. There are currently 10 of them dotted around London, with a further 10 out at the end of this month. Machines sell approximately 50 umbrellas per machine per rainfall day. They also signed a deal to place the machines exclusively across the London Underground and will have 150 units on the network by the end of 2005. International expansion is also in the works: the company is in talks with location providers in Germany, Holland and the US. Source: [Springwise]
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When wedding guests don’t put out, savvy newlyweds cash in. Retailers are toasting just-marrieds with completion sales – post-honeymoon promotions that let start-up spouses score discounts on un-purchased registry items. Staples like Bloomingdale’s, Williams-Sonoma, Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn have all integrated completion programs or events into their pre-wedding registry services. Most post-wedding offers give newlyweds a 10% to 20% discount on unfulfilled registry items for three to six months after the ceremony. Registries help new couples pick up the picket-fence essentials – and get a head start on their new family homes. If guests don’t buy it, chances are they still need (or want) it. When it comes to registering for silver tuna items, it doesn’t hurt to ask. And if friends and family don’t bite on the big ones, enterprising newlyweds can always get a deal. Source: [Iconoculture]
Housework: bane of everybody's lives. Fact. I mean, no one actually enjoys dusting and polishing do they? So this gadget is sure to bring much happiness: RoboMop is a battery powered 8.5 centimetre dusting machine, replete with electro static pad no less. It's a strange contraption that looks as if the design team were visited by alien spacecraft shortly before receiveing their brief, and were thus inspired to create what looks like a flying saucer crossed between a hovercraft: that cleans. Any hard surface, apparently. And with 98% accuracy too. And if you're not sold already? Source: [Shiny Shiny]
Lying in his hospital room, on a mattress designed to protect his fragile skin, 13-year-old Achim Nurse poked his bandaged fingers at an orange button on what looked like a souped-up video game console. Half a second later, in a social studies class discussing the Erie Canal, a 5-foottall steel-blue robot raised its hand. "You have a question, Achim?" said the teacher. Achim is using a pair of robots — one, called "Mr. Spike," at his bedside, and its mate, "Mrs. Candy," in the classroom — to keep up with his schoolwork and his friends for the months he will be bedridden at Blythedale Children's Hospital in Valhalla, just north of New York City. The robot in the classroom, which displays a live picture of Achim, provides what its inventors call "telepresence": It gives the boy an actual presence in the classroom, recognized by teachers and
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which filters products and services based on individual needs. I've seen them used for wedding/party invitations. It can move from class to class on its four-wheel base and even stop at the lockers for a between-periods chat. The service is available again but I don't know what the actual image limits are (vs. Source: [AP via Yahoo!] Your Own Photostamps Vanity postage.my favorite hack was a Unabomber postage stamp. . You can also put business logos on them. We made some silly faces and they made stamps from them. create the baby’s bedroom. A 20-stamp sheet of these makes a nice personal. The Post Office shut the program down. The cost is more than twice that of regular stamps (less if you buy them in bulk).” Think sourcing the best baby carrier. "The robot literally is embraced by students in the classroom as though that is the medically fragile student. Achim's teacher. and the ‘Great’ plan. or other non-political messages. where to secure them. This pretty-easy-to-use website will generate official US postage stamps featuring a photo or illustration of your choosing (works well with iPhoto for instance).classmates. Babyplanners offer two programs: the ‘Good’ plan. and which then goes on to organize them. Bob Langerfield.113 - . which contains all the details of the service new parents will want and need. Source: [Cool Tools] Babyplanners Services As Babyplanners state on their website: “your dedicated babyplanner takes care of all aspects of life concerned with the upcoming arrival: we help you decide what you need and when you need it." said Andrew Summa. said his other students had become used to the robot — and were treating it as if it were Achim — after just a few days. national director of the robot project. When the service was first introduced two years ago it was abused by clever pranksters -. and a timeline of when they need them. utilitarian gift. their stated policy). or pre-selecting and arranging birth prep or parent confidence classes. which is in use at six other hospitals around the country.
cashing in on hard-earned skills and diaper-stained experience.com wrote about earlier this week. valuing transient experiences over fixed possessions. A referrer's reward depends on the starting salary of the person referred. from the all-out 'Ticket to Paradise': get hitched and leave for a tropical destination together with your wedding guests. which launched recently.With the number of time-starved.114 - . Joining Zubka is free for both referrers and hirers. Paris. according to Zubka.000. . Brides and grooms to be can pick from several packages. Increasing numbers of consumers are mirroring travel behavior in daily life. Schiphol offers travellers the opportunity to get married at the airport. Successfully placing someone in a job with a basic salary of GBP 60. Schiphol gets the TRANSUMER trend that trendwatching. but is normally between 6 and 8 per cent. well-earning new parents only increasing. Tokyo. to 'Say Yes & Go'. is hoping to shake up the British and European recruiting markets by creating a platform for hirers to tap into the social networks of active referrers. Source: [Springwise] Referral Economy Zubka. Whether a couple met on a flight to Bangkok or just wants to be able to go straight from ceremony to runway for their honeymoon. As a travel hub. this is a great opportunity for any service-minded entrepreneur who’s been through pregnancy. Organisations with vacancies to fill can advertise jobs for referrers to browse through for as little as GBP 10 for a four week posting. the budget alternative for couples who want a quick and simple ceremony before flying off together.000 would therefore reap the referrer a tidy sum of around GBP 4. New York and Singapore to follow? Source: [Springwise] Airport Weddings New at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol: weddings to go.
with no restrictions on size or for bulky athletic equipment and duffel bags that sometimes weigh more than 100 pounds. tennis rackets. or even their dirty clothes. The service is useful to the camps. Employing an army of college students on summer break. a few days before the kids arrive.115 - .without suitcases. too. rather then keeping track of arriving luggage. It charges a flat rate. Source: [Iconoculture] Delivering Baggage This week. bags are returned -. So all parents have to do is sit back. the firm picks up baggage at the homes of campers and delivers it to camp just before a session begins. hassle-free experience. fasten your seat belts and hand your kids over.with some parents even arranging drop-offs at laundries and dry cleaners along the way. convenience and experience could potentially inspire a long-term customer loyalty program. in the air with babysitting. The services often deliver the bags directly to a bunkhouse and the bunk assigned each camper. They receive bags for a session all at once.Recruiters are always looking for new channels that will help them find the right person for a job. "We really are service companies that happen to be trucking companies. duffel bags. games. Stuart Seller. thousands of kids will be returning home from summer camp -. Giving coach passengers – tall or short – first-class service that meets needs for comfort. Much of the baggage will be delivered back to their homes by small firms that have made a business of transporting campers' bags to and from the camps. Trained nannies help on the ground with boarding and seat assignment. Source: [StartupJournal] . based in Denver. so rewarding people for rooting through their valuable networks makes complete sense. relax and enjoy the flight. Typical is Camp Trucking. allowing the camp staff to focus on getting kids settled in. At the end of the session. meal service. Gulf Air’s Sky Nanny program is a complimentary service that gives parents and kids a more enjoyable inflight experience. More local versions to follow? Source: [Springwise] No Fear Flight Place your bags in an overhead bin. activities and landing procedures. Every aspect of Sky Nanny promises parents and kids a comfortable." says Camp Trucking's 39-year-old owner.
The company then charges USD 395 for setting up a live stream of the event. Business is thriving. their pre-paid GreenCard allows customers to rent space and facilities by the hour. Like webcastmywedding. virtual offices. shared work spaces and meeting rooms in South Africa and all major business hubs in the rest of Africa. thanks to a powerful mix of tech and social developments: everyone is online. admin support and secretarial services (ZAR 19. minute or megabyte. Facilities include open plan workspace that's open 24/7. and an on-demand archive of the wedding for 10 days. etc.net. and start-ups -. each of which are charged by use.74/15 minutes). support for up to 25 simultaneous viewers (who are sent a url and password). and high speed online access. will have virtual friends in every country with an online connection. youtube!).000 (USD 145 / EUR 115). who. Source: [Springwise] . A card costs ZAR 1. and gives holders access to all of the facilities at Habitaz. Source: [Springwise] Webcast My Wedding Springwise loves forward-looking ventures that manage to stick around until their time has truly come. Perfect solution for travelling business people. laptop. while jet setting couples have friends in every major city in the world. Customers need a video camera. phone calls. globe-spanning immigration means family members literally live everywhere.116 - . Habitaz is developing a network of furnished business centres. more and more couples choose to get married in exotic locations far from most of their friends and family. which broadcasts weddings to a couple's friends and family unable to come over from (or to) far flung places.a group that's growing explosively in South Africa.Mobile Office A novel twist added by Habitaz is the pre-paid office card. More streams and an annual archive account can be had for an extra fee. delivery services. the infrastructure is in place (the web is finally about broadband and video: thank you. While most of Habitaz' lease plans are per month. Not to mention Generation MySpace. with free parking and 'bottomless Ethiopian coffee' (ZAR 22/hour). when they eventually choose to get married.
Fuel for Travel lets consumers download travel guides. hopes that offering digital content will add to a more enjoyable travel experience for passengers. Source: [Springwise] Energy Vending Machine . pay by credit or debit card. audio books. Pricing is similar to that of online music and video downloads. Letting customers create their own in-flight entertainment package makes perfect sense for travel hubs. Members of test groups were especially interested in destination travel guides. Schiphol. which is managing the project. tv shows and movies to their MP3 players and other digital devices. music. they can dock their device.117 - . One to partner with and set up at an airport or train station near you? Just try and get Apple on board. Once they've found what they want. The Fuel for Travel features listening and viewing stations for travellers to browse digital content.Travel Entertainment Launched yesterday at Schiphol Airport. and download the material.
we are perpetually draining and recharging our batteries. Users simply plug in to the charger that corresponds to their device." Appealing to a desire for glamour. Similar to Models At Work. The ChargeBox will top up your battery for 40 minutes at a cost of £1. the service is a hit with corporate golf events. and that's just what we've done." The Local Window Cleaner is committed to supporting franchisees with comprehensive management and staff training. Caddies can be hired for GBP 150 and travel expenses. We sell reliability and peace of mind and our customers are very happy to pay our prices for it. Franchisees are empowered to grow their business to a size that matches their own personal ambitions. which covers 18 holes and an after-links drink at the club house." The Local Window Cleaner customers are 'recruited' rather than sold. including essential rules such as "Never laugh at a bad shot". Considering the continued popularity of golf around the world. each with 4 unique chargers that can power 90% of our mobile devices. but it's not what we sell. the temp agency that we wrote about last year." says Terry. PDAs. "The market has always been there." explains Terry. whether for wooing clients or informally closing deals. The ChargeBox offers a solution.118 - . Source: [The Cool Hunter] The Window Cleaner When Terry Mullins was searching for someone to clean his windows. and "Encourage and applaud where necessary. which consists of 6 small lockers. and the sport's strong ties with business. after two years of research and planning he has launched The Local Window Cleaner Ltd. Eye Candy Caddies' mission is to make golf sexy. every caddy completes a special training program to learn the finer points of golf etiquette. but the same cannot be said for public places where electrical outlets are typically guarded against unauthorized recharging. lock their box and return when charging is complete. Eye Candy only works with models and other very pretty people. Not just eye candy. using a system that is more of a signing-up process than a form of marketing. [The Franchise Magazine] Golf Glamour Proving that every industry can benefit from innovation. prestige and a bit of fun. make payment with a coin or via SMS. So. Source: [Springwise] . In-home refuelling is a cinch. iPods and the like.In a world that is obsessed with mobile phones. "What was required was someone to devise a system that could deliver the service reliably and profitably. Window cleaning is what we do. glamour caddy services should take off in many markets. he discovered that the traditional domestic window cleaner has all but disappeared.
Other people then bid for the privilege of lending money to them. toys. daily maid service and “unlimited personal affection. Mazzu’s rejects any and all “fleabag” hotel jokes. the more likely he is to win the bid.5% annual loan servicing fee from lenders. requiring pets to be on active external parasite meds before check-in. Source: [Springwise] Pets Hotels Ask any canine or kitty: It’s doggone traumatic when owners go away. in return for a one-time 1% fee on funded loans from borrowers. Going for highbrow clients.” with add-ons like a fresh salmon dinner ($22) or filet mignon ($22). But Mazzu’s Dog and Cat Hotel in Philadelphia aims to ease things with tony boarding options that include dinners of filet mignon or fresh salmon. Prosper aims to make consumer lending more financially and socially rewarding for everyone. Source: [Iconoculture] Sell What You Say . and some numbers describing their credit rating." How it works? People who need money request it. A standard “personal suite” gives furry family members a TV. and a 0.119 - . By providing the platform and tools for an efficient marketplace created by and for people. with a listing of why they need the money. Pets-as-people consciousness says animals get stressed upon a change of scenery and the departure of their clan.Bid Your Loans "Prosper gives people the opportunity to take back the marketplace for consumer credit. The lower the interest rate offered by the lender. unlimited spring water. Prosper facilitates. Pet owners who blow out of town and leave the critters behind have some serious guilt to assuage – and a compelling desire to keep their loved ones comforted while they’re gone.
120 - . This content can be emailed out to people. Any service that can be provided over the phone is a perfect match for Ether. Every seller is issued a toll free phone number (with a dedicated extension). but it has a massive back end infrastructure (thankfully Ingenio already had it built). beautiful flowers now grow on the graves of many a failed dotcom. And the fun doesn’t stop there. toaster oven and coffee maker. diapers and sandwiches. as well as a microwave.50). divided into a writing room and a lounge area. Buyers can search through providers. from free to anything (on a per minute or per hour basis). a large round table and smaller café tables. The writing room has 38 partitioned desks. Sellers only get calls once a Buyer has paid the fee and agreed to the terms. “Sellers” set their price. The minimum order size is USD 7 (EUR 6/GBP 4). feedback. Service providers set up an account by providing some personal information and a phone number that they would like to be called at. After 9 started delivering stuff to demanding Istanbulites in need of urban necessities like condoms. cigarettes. Orders are placed online or over the phone. which forwards to their phone.500 square foot loft space near Union Square. etc. Ether takes a flat 15% of fees for its trouble. allowing people to charge for advice over the phone (and by email . they can place the call. In Istanbul. They can tell Ether the hours they are willing to take calls. but the average order is closer to USD 20 (EUR 17/GBP 11. They call it an “ebay for services”. those were the days! But as predicted. They cover long distance charges and credit card processing fees out of this 15%. Source: [Springwise] Room for Writers Paragraph ("providing an affordable and tranquil working environment for writers of all genres") occupies a 2. and are delivered by motorbike or car in 45 minutes or less.more on that below). or accessed via a link/badge that can be placed on a website.com! Ordering a pint of Ben & Jerry's and a video from your East Village studio in your underwear. Ah. while the lounge area contains a kitchenette. For this urban luxury. Sellers can also sell any type of digital content through Ether as well. beverages. see prices. customers pay a 25-30% premium compared to regular supermarket prices. The buyer is able to access the content only after paying the agreed upon fee. Opening hours are 9pm–6am. Once they agree to terms.The concept of Ether is straightforward. The . Source: [TechCrunch] Night Delivery Kozmo! Urbanfetch! Food. There's a refrigerator and cabinets to store members' food and beverages.
culture and discussion. 365 days a year. receive a Slate hamper. Source: [TrendBlog] More than Laundry Slate is an all-inclusive laundry service for NYC residents available through the web. wet-cleaning. and don't need to be published authors: a strong drive to write is enough. Which means no standing in line. as the company uses a combination of bio-degradable and organic agents. who doesn't care as much for the clothes as you do? We speak the same language: fashion. Cleaned clothes come back wrapped. to regular laundering). Free seminars and events make it easy for first-timers to start dealing with their finances and get involved with the money market. no financial surprises: Slate does the sorting. no counting and itemizing. then choose a pick-up time. You bought USD 250 dollar jeans and you are taking them to be cleaned where? To the run-of-the mill cleaner in his dreary shop down the block. On the surface we are a clothes cleaner. they as new as the day you bought them at Barneys. And it is about more than just money: Banks of the Future present themselves as meeting-places. The environment also gets a gentler treatment. In Slate's own words: "You are dealing with someone who speaks your language. and good as new. So far. Target group are people of any income level who want to associate their finances with fun rather than with a strict official approach. tagged. Source: [Springwise] More than Banking Banks of the Future create a stylish and user-friendly atmosphere. Monthly access fees range from USD 80 to 132 (EUR 67110/GBP 45-75). 7 days a week. hand washing. Customers sign up for a weekly flat fee of USD 50-60 (GBP 29-35/EUR 42-50). easy and offer a variety of services which allow the customer to deal with his money independently and flexibly.space has a laser printer and wifi throughout. Paragraph has signed up 120 members. and is open 24 hours a day. but underneath we are a fashion label.121 - . Members are assigned a pin code to access the space. When your clothes come back." Source: [Springwise] . open spaces for art. The banks of the Future make banking simple. and determines which garment needs to be cleaned by which process (anything from hydro-carbon.
Source: [New Scientist] . while some stops are designed for campus employees only. Her team of stylists drive their mobile barber shops onto the campuses of Silicon Valley’s biggest tech firms so employees can get a quick snip-and-trim without leaving the company office park. Normally. and filled with a deformable and electrically-activated liquid – such as an ester or amide of a phosphorous-based acid. Conventional shoes that are ideal for some activities are unsuited to others. connected via narrow tubes. depending on whether they are walking. you can now eliminate a trip to the hair stylist from your To Do list. letting the bladders self-adjust as the foot rocks from heel to toe and rolls from side to side. running or playing sport.122 - . The soles of his new shoes have several hollow bladders. the liquid hardens restricting flow and making the bladders firmer. has retrofitted three Winnebagos into full-feature salons on wheels. This is because feet often need different kinds of support. the liquid flows freely through the tubes. when current from a battery or a piezoelectric generator is fed through the tubes. But.Mobile Barbers Do you find your weekends being eaten up by errands? Thanks to an ingenious local entrepreneur. Dena Kaufer. Inventor and company founder Louis Rosenberg hopes to change all this with reconfigurable footwear. Source: [The Wave Magazine] Smart Soles A Californian company called Outland Research hopes to put high-tech intelligence into sports shoes. a 20-year veteran of the hair biz. Some of OnSite’s stops are open to the public.
wakeboarding. and gymnastics into one giant pitch that consists of trampolines and inflatable cushions. Ridewire is generating a buzz due to its unique. It is a standalone unit that can be ridden anytime. A friend of ours told us about a sport. anywhere on engineered indoor. Bossaball combines many sports – soccer. Bossaball has become somewhat of a "phenomenon" in Spain with players using all parts of their bodies to pass the ball over a net volleyball style. outdoor and mobile mount systems. beach volleyball. and other action sports. innovative design. lack of restriction and if all safety systems are used it can be a safe and thrilling zero-impact activity for both adrenaline junkie and individuals looking for a fun new thrill ride. Originating somewhere between the rock of Gibraltar and the Port of Antwerp. The Ridewire system is an innovative new ride and training system that is capable of performing the manuevers and thrills found in surfing.123 - . capoeira. Bossaball that seems to be embracing this desire for the birthday party apparatus of yesteryear and combining it with sports. Source: [Slingboard Sports] Bossaball Phenomenon We have to admit that our adolescent desire for the inflatable "Moon Walk" has never really left us.Ridewire Thrill Daytona Beach area upstart Slingboard Sports introduces "Ridewire". Bossaball also embraces . snowboarding.
the crowd with the referees entertaining fans and bands playing live percussion combined with whistles and a DJ. Macs and free WiFi (for the Linux laptop-toting set?). As we all know. Source: [Iconoculture] . Source: [Iconoculture] Bible Trading Card Game Despite widespread acceptance. given that 16 percent of American children aged 12-19 are overweight according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. kids have a new type of fitness center in Mountain View. The 'pad doesn't require special software and works with many existing games. Harry Potter and Yu-Gi-Oh! trading cards still aren’t welcome in some Christian homes.124 - . a virtual realitytype game that maps physical movements to the on-screen action. and a tournament is under way. Bodypad's system of straps wraps around gamers' fists. elbows and knees. replete with 240 cards bearing biblical figures. including dance and sports games. Source: [Josh Spear] Game Fitness One day in the future. Kids and parents already have taken a liking to the card game: The first printing sold out. which opens tomorrow (and restricts membership to kids 13-18) includes a regular workout equipment area. But today. a "study center" with PCs. Instead of mashing buttons. we're sure that everyone will be strong. locations and verses that kids memorize to score points. a DDR-clone called "In The Groove 2" and the Cybex Trazer. then flail their way to gaming glory. players then kick. punch and choke at nothing in efforts to defeat their virtual opponents. faith-filled parents aim to protect their offspring from corrupting forces. Like secular parents. good-looking and above-average. California (home of Google!) which aims to appeal to the children of Silicon Valley reared on a steady diet of gadgets. The edutainment game tutors kids in the scriptures and faith (play begins with prayer) and encourages Sunday school attendance: That’s where rarer cards are distributed. Source: [Engadget] Bodypad Fighting The Bodypad fighting simulator turns Xboxers' and PlayStation playas' bodies into gaming pads. Gamers with get-up-and-go don the goofy apparatus. Keeping kids at play in accordance with faith principles can prevent tykes from coming under the spell of bad influences. The Bible Trading Card Game offers an alternative. everyone's supposed to be exercising regularly in order to stay well and fit -.thankfully. Overtime Fitness. there have to be ways to get kids into more healthful habits.
Califano is one of 130 contestants armed with water pistols who are stalking each other this month throughout San Francisco.TableFlip Entrepreneur: Beasley is the creator of table golf. Beasley expects 2006 sales of more than $5 million. It's called Street Wars. "I'm going to feel pretty good about shooting someone. and its creator bills it as a "water gun assassination tournament. Beasley were his game caught the eye of a representative from The Price Is Right. Eagle Industries Ltd. he wondered what golfers did on rainy days.'' It was a big hit last year in New York and Vancouver. as well as his current manufacturer. After inviting a few of the neighborhood kids to test out his new game. British Columbia. Source: [Entrepreneur] The Assassin For an attempted assassination. As he watched a golf tournament get rained out on TV. who was drinking a beer. Beasley hit the road. there sure was a lot of giggling going on.'' said would-be assassin Nicole Califano. "Think you've got what it takes to be an assassin?'' says the game's Web site. Beasley dreamed up the game in 1999 while serving a sentence. Armed with his idea and some crude blueprints he had drawn.125 - . in November 2002. a new game that combines golf and billiards into one. The idea is to squirt your assigned victim before you get squirted by the player who has been assigned to squirt you. Whoever gets squirted is out of the game. and the last person left dry gets $500. if I don't die first. waiting to ambush and squirt total strangers. Beasley left prison three years later. where many people have even odder ideas about pastimes than they do here. which was not helping to steady her trigger finger any. Entering the game costs $35. showing his creation to local pool halls and sporting goods stores.com] . Source: [SFGate.
In early 2005. He had just kicked off a $3-million building drive. but noticed that few people seemed to keep cash in their wallet anymore for the collection bag. Since then. He designed his machine with the help of a computer programmer who attends Stevens Creek. all the data goes from the sensors Bluetooth to your mobile phone and your mobile phone delivers the hug data to your friend’s phone and it is seamlessly transmitted Bluetooth to his or her shirt! Source: [Uber-Review] ATMs for Church Baker came up with the kiosk idea a couple of years ago.126 - .Hug Shirt The Hug Shirt is perfect for people in love that are distant from each other. he introduced the first machine at his church. The three kiosks are expected to . The shirt works with Bluetooth + a Hug Me java software + a cellphone and in order for the other person to receive the hug. So he began studying the electronic payment business. or not… Hug shirts don’t have any assigned phone number. It was nominated as one of the best inventions of this year by the Times Magazine so that is probably a good thing. it basically offers the possibility to recreate a hug feeling and not on a virtual kind of way. he/she must be wearing a shirt as well. kiosk giving has gradually gained acceptance among his upper-middle-class flock. and found ATM companies willing to assemble it for him.
take in between $200,000 and $240,000 this year — about 15% of the church's total donations. "It's truly like an ATM for Jesus," Baker said. This summer, Baker and his wife, Patty, began selling the devices to other churches through their for-profit company, SecureGive. They are its only employees, but a handful of contractors help them custom-tailor the machines for churches. The kiosks can let donors identify their gift as a regular tithe or offering, or direct it to building or missionary funds. The machines send information about the donation to a central church computer system, which shoots the donors an e-mail confirmation. The Bakers charge between $2,000 and $5,000 for the kiosks, which come in a variety of configurations. They also collect a monthly subscription fee of up to $49.95 for licensing and support. And a card-processing company gets 1.9% of each transaction; a small cut of that fee goes to SecureGive. Source: [LATimes.com]
Bytes, a new cafe in the UK town of Canterbury (of Chaucer fame), is making a name for itself with its high-tech ordering system. Aside from helping Bytes save money on wait staff and menu printing, the touchscreens allow the restaurant to build a database of customer preferences, and to change items and prices on the fly. The touchscreens also double as game consoles, keeping the kids occupied. So far, patron response to the touchscreens is overwhelmingly positive, and the owner is already considering opening a second location. As long as customers respond just as enthusiastically to the food, Bytes appears to have a bright future. Source: [FutureWire]
Fuel Cell Toys
At last – energy independence for toys. Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies' fuel cell toys are small-scale vehicles powered by the energy source of the future. Its H-racer miniature fuel cell car features an onboard hydrogen fuel cell system. Fill 'er up at the miniature hydrogen refueling station. Sure it's educational – but more important, it's cool! Toys that offer a taste of tech to come appeal to kids and tech-loving grownups (or their "children within"). With all the press that fuel cell tech has gotten, curiosity over hydrogen-powered engines is high. Toys with the tech offer an affordable way to check it out. Source: [Iconoculture]
Replay That Smell
Imagine being able to record a smell and play it back later, just as you can with sounds or images.
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Engineers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan are building an odour recorder capable of doing just that. Simply point the gadget at a freshly baked cookie, for example, and it will analyse its odour and reproduce it for you using a host of non-toxic chemicals. The device could be used to improve online shopping by allowing you to sniff foods or fragrances before you buy, to add an extra dimension to virtual reality environments and even to assist military doctors treating soldiers remotely by recreating bile, blood or urine odours that might help a diagnosis. Source: [New Scientist]
Read Without Flipping
If you drop by a show house for an apartment in Korea, you will see that you can read a book without turning pages using RFID technology. If you have a book, desk, and a display equipped with RFID chips, now you can read the whole contents through a large display just by putting the book on the desk ; antenna reads the chip information and delivers them to the display. Of course, you can actually use your hands - if you want - for a touch screen or a remote control. Absolutely royalist is'nt it!! Source: [AVING]
How to Play Cassette Tapes on your PC
Okay, class, in today’s history lesson, we’ll be learning about primitive forms of technology. You see, before MP3 players or iPods, and even before CDs, back in the ’80s and ’90s, people listened to music on devices called cassette tapes. And thanks to the Plusdeck 2, a cassette deck for computers, we can bring it back to life. All we do is slide the internal drive into the CD drive bay, pop in this plastic rectangle known as the
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cassette, and we can listen to the tape (that’s street for cassette) through our computer. Any questions? Source: [DailyCandy]
Easy Page Scanning
Atiz Innovation: What if you could digitize any book you want with just the push of a button and without having to go through the tedious process of turning the pages manually? BookDrive® -- the world’ s first and only desktop-sized, automatic page-turning scanner featuring a patent-pending technology that eliminates manually copying and scanning documents. It is just like any traditional flatbed scanners that you are familiar with, but BookDrive is unique in that it has an automatic page-turning mechanism inside. Simply entering the number of pages you want to scan, BookDrive then automatically outputs the entire content of the scanned book in a digital format without requiring constant supervision and interference. Unlike traditional flatbed scanners, BookDrive enables businesses to digitize content with an automatic page-turning mechanism. BookDrive includes an integrated, easy-to-use software function that performs essential tasks such as auto cropping and image clean-up. Outside is a simple interface. Under the hood it embodies advanced software algorithms to automatically detect edge and crop the results so that what you have resembles the actual scanned page. Source: [Atiz Innovation's BookDrive]
Digital Wine Cellar
These days, more and more people are enjoying the habit of drinking wine because they find this habit healthy. In the future, life will be rich so that common people will enjoy wine. Since how one keeps wine determines the taste and the smell, preserving wine will become more important. Coming from this point of view, we designed a digital wine cellar which keeps wine and also act as a decoration in the house. Function-wise, this machine adjusts temperature according to different kinds of wine, indicates quantity of wine bottles, and controls air circulating up, down and sideways within the wine cellar. Also, interior lighting function is added, so that this conceptual preservation machine can not only keep wine fresh but also act as a decoration. Source: [Yanko Design]
Aged Wines in Few Seconds
Aging is the name of the game when it comes to fine wine. Top producers mature their brews in oak barrels; connoisseurs will keep a bottle in the cellar for years so they can savor the complex bouquet at its peak. For Hiroshi Tanaka, all that waiting is just a waste of time -- and he says he's got the machinery to prove it.
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Tanaka said. BW2 Holdings. Source: [CScout] . no need for storage. The company is in talks with wineries in California and Washington state to start providing its U. users can explore geographical spaces with the eye of an insider.130 - . iPods and PDA’s. president of Japanese startup Innovative Design and Technology Inc. with young wine to treat and sell." declared Tanaka. tourist sights or foreign cities." he said. no need to invest in barrels. most applications are used to tour museums. The most obvious applications are audio tour guides. New online tools enable users to tag certain locations with special barcodes which let interested visitors retrieve the hidden information with their cellphones. recorded to CD or downloadable to cell phones. There is a huge variety of technologies which can be used to enable visitors to find their way around the globe."We can now electrolyze young wine and ship bottles of fine wine out in no time at all. Source: [Mainichi] Seeing The World By connecting the real world with information from the Internet. BW2 hopes to sell the bottles on the Internet later this year for an affordable US$5. which runs a small laboratory in Hamamatsu.. affiliate. "Think of the savings we'll make.S. So far. west of Tokyo. Shorter production time.
Having travelled to almost a hundred cities in over 40 countries. stylish or affordable worth buying. The same "hand made" ornaments (in China that is!) The same tiresome t-shirts. this was not through a lack of trying!) Whether it's Prague. (And. Nothing original.The same faded postcards. So we did!" Source: [tosh] Mystery Threatre . it seems that in the age of mass tourism. Perth or Penang.131 - . we've always found it near impossible to find anything original.Tosh Souvenirs Tosh is about the souvenirs you always wished you could find. we said! It's about time someone created some stylish and affordable mementos of all the places we've been. In the words of the founders: "We founded tosh in 2004. nothing quirky. we hasten to add. everything has started to look the same. Enough.
132 - . Source: [TrendCentral] Quirky Nights Under French Skies You can stay in France in anything from a Yurt to an Airstream caravan. Source: [TrendCentral] Youth Vacations In addition to jewelry and electronics. After signing up. .The latest hot show in New York isn’t in the Theatre District. Contiki is a hip vacation company that gives participants the opportunity to travel the world. recent high school grads have been telling us the most sought after graduation gift isn’t actually a material possession. even among locals who previously thought tours are just for out-of-towners. picking up clues along the way from “random” encounters with Accomplice cast members. but rather an experience. Prepaid trips from Contiki were the most desired gifts amongst the recently graduated Class of 2006. In fact.) Teams of eight then embark on a crime-solving Lower Manhattan-based adventure. part scavenger hunt. (Think of it as the new version of the popular ‘80s Murder Mystery Party. telling them where to meet. Accomplice: New York is giving participants a whole new way to experience the city. Guides lead travellers to all the best sights but unlike most tightly-scheduled tour programs. Part theatre. while exploring at their own pace. travellers are “free” to check things out on their own without a guide breathing down their necks. part walking tour. audiences are more like “participants” as they’re on their feet for the duration of the performance. or even in any theatre for that matter. Targeting 18-35 year-olds. participants receive a “mystery” phone call a day or two prior to the show. Ann Noon offers a guide.
Source: [Springwise] . Escape Rentals is a New Zealand camper rental company that sets itself apart by letting artists turn camper vans into art on wheels. overlooking some of the most rugged scenery in France. a Sioux Indian village with six "authentic" wigwams decked out in skins and pictures of chieftains of yore. For honeymooners. the surrounding parkland feels very Mediterranean. Taking something slightly dull – a camper – and turning it into something fresh. from kiwiana to Far Side comics and Maurice Sendak to Pablo Picasso. at around NZD 59 (USD 37/EUR 29) per day. which each sleep five. Rental rates are competitive. Paint jobs draw from the whole spectrum of visual art and pop culture. each tent is furnished with a double or king-sized bed and has a relaxation area complete with hammocks. Handcrafted from different woods. Source: [Telegraph UK] Funky Campers In keeping with today's mobile theme.Yurts: Squatting at the top of the Ardèche river gorge. Gipsy caravans: Four fully equipped gipsy caravans with en-suite bathrooms are the main reason to stay on the Saint Cerice estate in the pretty village of Vogüé. olive groves and vineyards all around. the Mille Etoiles encampment is home to 12 individually-designed yurts scattered throughout a peaceful oak forest. are designed for maximum comfort. Teepees: In the western Loire stands Le Bonheur de Vivre. Escape Rentals is attracting travellers who are tired of mass tourism and looking for a more unique experience.133 - . Each of their nearly 100 campers is given an aerosol overhaul by a New Zealand artist. The caravans. three of the yurts are hidden deep in the woods with their own miniature camp kitchen and ecological toilet. with optional extras like mobile phones and solar showers charged separately. also in the Ardèche. With cherry trees.
on issues such as the name of the tribe. Another route takes you in 60 minutes through 2000 years of history round the Imperial Forums and the Colosseum. The clients are met at the hotel or at predefined locations and during the route the trainer gives cultural information about the highlights of the route itself in the language chosen by the clients. The trip is handled by multilingual trainers jogging tourists along predefined routes. When the 5000th member joins. which I am sure will have traditionalists jumping up and down with rage. but will also settle.and are not sure whether to spend them in the gym working out or sightseeing.Peter’s Basilica. on 'Adventure Island'. tribewanted is looking for 5000 people from around the world to become part of a tribe that will not only exist online. Hunters are members for 2 years and can stay for 14 nights (GBP 240 / USD 420). says the Sightjogging website. There are three types of membership to choose from: Nomads get 1 years membership and 7 nights on the island for GBP 120 / USD 210. tribewanted is creating a global tribe that will develop a sustainable eco-community on an island in Fiji. Well . In what seems like a hippie dream crossed with an episode of Survivor. “An absolutely striking route. In short. On the map. and Warriors are member for 3 years and can stay for 21 nights (GBP 360 / USD 630). not to be missed on your first visit to Rome. and is being leased to tribewanted by the local tribal chief. Source: [Italy Magazine] . the latest trend for the fitness-conscious visitors of Rome is a guided tour of Rome whilst jogging.134 - .”.you don’t have to make that choice anymore! The ever resourceful Romans have come up with a whole new take on sightseeing in Rome.com. One of the routes claims to take you in 90 minutes and 5 miles down the Spanish Steps. and how to build an island community in an environmentally friendly way. through the city’s very heart and across the Tiber River. type of infrastructure that will be required.Join the Tribe Launched last week by two young British entrepreneurs. you get to Castel S. the tribe will be formed and will start to make tribal decisions by voting through the online community at tribewanted. You find yourself in Rome . Source: [Springwise] Sightjogging We are sure this happens to everyone all the time. Adventure Island is known as Vorovoro. Angelo and the magnificent St. 100 at a time.just have a couple of hours at your disposal .
the headrest. The miraculous. foot prop. and your neighbor’s shoulder. The angle ensures that your head always stays forward. the window.135 - . and the stewardess’s tortured life story. a seat that doesn’t recline. Although crying about it is quite acceptable. Before the situation goes from bad to worse (her teen years were soooo tragic). Just set it in your lap and snooze. pull out the SkyRest. Source: [DailyCandy] Cabs for Pink Ladies .In Need of SkyRest Modern aviation is nothing to laugh at. Especially when you discover that your $600 ticket entitles you to an extra pack of peanuts. or back support during long layovers. No more back and forth between the tray. Because it easily inflates and deflates. you’ll always be able to give things a rest. Or use it as an impromptu table. wedge-shaped travel pillow makes even the most uncomfortable spots downright pleasant.
Virgin Galactic will own and operate privately built spaceships. aims to match like-minded fliers for business networking. Once you have a ticket.000 initially but the company expect prices to fall over time.136 - . No wonder that many women feel safer taking a taxi driven by a woman. AirTroductions. To get to space. chairman of Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Galactic. Passengers sign up as members. members will need to log 2 million miles down here. To get started. licence and who was looking for a job." said Sir Richard Branson. a new Web site. It might as well be someone you like. enter your flight data to see who is signed up on the site for the same flight." .com] Social Networking in the Sky Airline flights are one of the few situations where you find yourself wedged against a total stranger for hours at a time. "We expect the first Virgin Galactic space flight to take place in 2008 which gives our Flying Club members time to save up all their miles. Source: [SPACE. Source: [Springwise] Astronaut Miles Frequent flyer miles will for the first time be good beyond this planet. based on a new offering from Virgin Atlantic airways and its space-related sister company Virgin Galactic. modeled on the history-making SpaceShipOne craft. "A journey into space seems like a distant dream for many but this deal makes it more even more achievable for our frequent travelers to become astronauts. and created the UK's first women-only private car hire franchise. Flying Club members will be able to convert their regular miles into space miles. who established Gills Driving School thirty-five years ago." Virgin Galactic commercial flights are expected to cost $200. book discussions. romance -whatever it is you want from a seatmate. Tiernan Gill. which won the Ansari X-prize for repeat trips to space by a privately built craft. You'll pay $5 if you contact anyone. "I have quite a number of truck owners contacting me and asking if I knew of anyone who had recently passed the artic. Pink Ladies spotted a business opportunity. Source: [BusinessWeek] Truck Drivers Agency A Ballina man who is already one of the most successful businessmen in the West of Ireland is embarking on a new venture to match potential employers with qualified drivers who are available for work. With that in mind. Then you'll need to ask the airline to put you in adjoining seats. you'll need to fill out a short form that includes your bio as well as preferences on topics such as hotels (Holiday Inn or Four Seasons?) and clothes (Prada or Levi's?).com. which is both convenient for members and safe for drivers. said. and fares are either pre-paid.In London alone. 10 women are attacked each month after getting into an unlicensed mini-cab. The Pink Ladies drive Renault Kangoos that are pink inside and out. paid by credit card or with a 'pink account'. making them highly visible.
Having fewer airlines will exacerbate the already lousy service that makes so many people hate to fly these days--the long waits. at UCLA. enabling automatic monthly billing. Why fight the crowd at the bike rack? Clancy Systems International's Bicycle Parking Network allows bikers to use their cellphones to reserve and pay for bike storage. For example. As bicycling continues to roll as a viable commuting alternative. Source: [NetImperative] Pogo Airline-Taxi Service It's time for a revolution in business travel. and then share the journey with other passengers going to the same area. He said the agency. plus a 10% "convenience fee. Source: [Iconoculture] SMS A Texxi Technology firm Crane Dragon has begun testing a new taxi service in Liverpool that encourages travellers to text a taxi request via their mobiles. the cancelations. The ‘Texxi’ service allows users to text their house address and postcode to the Texxi SMS number.one to ten .on a number of factors including driving ability and personality." The service is available in Denver. for the employee it opens up a wide range of opportunities for jobs all over Connacht and for the employer it represents time and costs saved in interviewing and advertising. and at select stations of San Francisco’s BART and Los Angeles’ Metropolitan Transit Authority systems.137 - . Lockers cost $2 per day. the delays. route shakeouts and confrontations with unions. services and amenities that cater to bikers' special needs – like parking stations with showers and changing rooms and valet bike parking – are going to become more important. Passengers will be directed to pre-determined ‘muster points’ to meet up with their driver who will have received a text confirming each passenger’s booking reference. The system will then aggregate other passengers wanting to go to the same area and confirm details of the taxi driver’s name and badge number to the passengers. Source: [Western People] Parking Space Reservations and convenience services widen the range of possibilities for those who use pedal power. Bikers dial up for quick and easy ways to protect their bicycle investment.He added that qualified drivers were very hard got at present and potential employers often had to go through a lengthy process of advertising and interviewing on a number of occasions before they got the right person. Customer accounts are linked to cell numbers. Tiernan Gill says what he intends to do is to interview drivers who are looking for jobs and then to rate them . which is the first of its kind in Connacht. the lost . The commercial airline business is going through another round of bankruptcies. presents a lot of advantages for both the employee and the employer. Users locate available lockers online and then use their cells to reserve space and retrieve access codes for drop-off and pickup.
"There're no ticket counters.400 smaller airports." Source: [Forbes] . through which 90% of travelers pass. Me.138 - . At this point it's little more than a grand plan. 63. "You drive up to the airport minutes before your flight. there's been a 21% drop in passenger volume for flights of 500 miles or less. not Walt Kelly's cartoon possum. and we'll say. $8 million in capital and a small fleet of new-generation lightweight jets on order. 68. but we can pick up at 4:30. Since 2000.m. "If you're in Syracuse and want to go to Portland. The jets will fly point-to-point among the nation's largely underused 5. Crandall and Burr are calling their air taxi service Pogo--after the stick that bounces.bags. who still chain-smokes his cigarettes down to the filter." says Crandall. situated within a half hour's drive of 93% of Americans. Short flights aren't worth the hassle anymore.'" Pogo will begin service next year with a new class of six-seat minijets flying from North Carolina to Maine. These airports are free of the aggravating congestion of the 50 largest domestic hubs. we can't go at 4." says Burr. The idea is to introduce air travel on demand. no terminals and no baggage handlers.. the pilot loads your bag and away you go. reports the Air Transport Association of America. using Web-based software to route small aircraft as needed. "The planes will go wherever the customers go. You might say I want to go at 4 p.. ‘Yeah. we will probably be over in Rochester and have to fly over and get you.
cooking birthday parties. says Hengst. the new trend is being fueled by two things: Ridiculous airline discounts that chop $1000 fares to Asia to less than $50 from gateway cities. metrosexuals weren't just a passing fad --people now comfortably identify themselves as such.Y. As funny as I thought it was when I first heard the term "metrosexual." So they send them. Applied to individuals who travel worldwide in search of fashion bargains.the money spent on textiles and fashion in Vietnam has brought about dramatic change in the economic and cultural landscape of Hoi An. getting kids in the kitchen for something other than meals is about capturing a bit of nostalgia. "Based on our Web site traffic." jetrosexuals revel in fashion and travel. There are culinary summer camps. spokesman for the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. Source: [HeraldNewsOnline.com] Smoothies War . jetrosexuals are known to carry little more with them than an iPod and the latest issue of Vogue. Apparently. this city is now known as a tailoring hub. but life is so hectic they don't have time to do the same for their kids. says Mark O'Connor. Now it appears there is a new name for members of the fashion-forward jetsetting set. Oh no. And not just any cooking class. jetrosexuals are known for having their passport ready to go at a moment's notice. It all started years ago when European and American designers began outsourcing the production of their fabrics to Asia.139 - ." O'Connor says. kids even make up a large part of the audiences for cooking shows. a new sexual classification emerged on the scene. And it's not just the jetrosexuals who are evolving -. For the parents of budding chefs. N. "They used to cook with their mother or grandma. plus a plethora of new cookbooks for the young chef who aspires to be the next Rachael Ray or Bobby Flay. a spokesman for the Food Network." Also known as "flash-packers. noting that at book-signings and public events. and the booming Asian textile industry. kids flock to see celebrities like Ray and superstar chef Emeril Lagasse. "Jetrosexuals. cheap faux couture clothing. we know that there are a major amount of kids watching from as young as 5 up to 15 years old. message boards. private cooking lessons. Although still conjested and plagued with poverty. or go with them." I think it's even funnier that it stuck around. "Part of what we are seeing is a trend in 'eatertainment' with all the cooking shows. Most commonly found travelling from the US to Asia in search of a bargain.Rise of the Jetrosexuals A few years ago. and an eye for stylish. Indeed. mail questions and telephone calls.'' says Stephen Hengst. Source: [Fast Company] Eatertainment for Kids Forget swimming lessons and soccer. to cooking class. the latest trend in extracurricular activities for children ages 4 to 16 is cooking class.
I. We also know that local broadcast stations around the country will begin scheming -. cell phones and MP3 players compete for kids' attention and parents' dollars. the new fast food fight is on a rather healthier battlefield. coffee shops took their place on every street corner. the tense weeks when rival stations pursue a fierce oneupmanship of flamboyance and hype and the Nielsen-measured audience sizes determine future advertising rates. this is where things get tricky. That followed a decline of 3 percent in 2004. By the 90s. which opened its 15th branch just off Oxford Street in October. TV is going on cellphones. The toy industry has responded by embracing technology. as he pulled out gadget after gadget to show me what he's up against. The UK smoothie market is worth £100m and doubling yearly. This setup may not last much longer. the chief technology officer at Nielsen. as video games.6 percent to $21. Warnings about obesity and increased awareness of the importance of eating five fruit a day have fuelled a surge in healthy eating. toy manufacturers are lowering the age ranges for their high-tech and educational offerings at this year's Toy Fair. and whether we're paying attention while we're watching and even whether we're actually noticing the advertisements among the shows we may or may not be watching -. according to NPD.S. is moving to video-on-demand (V. Just as programmers and advertisers are clamoring for a better understanding of the television audience. London's Crussh. One day this January I sat in a Greenwich Village workroom with Bob Luff. the Web is going on TV and everything. Source: [BBC] Toddler Tech From industry giants Mattel and Hasbro to smaller players LeapFrog and VTech. NPD said that sales of learning and exploration toys rose in 2005. adding interactivity. But now that the noughties are well established.140 - . The firm.to win the May sweeps. a wave of new consumer products has made it increasingly difficult to satisfy them. it seems.O. betting that "toddler tech'' will help reverse several years of slumping sales.'' and ''American Idol'' will battle for prime-time supremacy in the overnight Nielsen ratings. expects to turn over more than £5m this year. But perhaps most alarming to the toy business is slumping sales. But when it comes to figuring out how many of us are watching these shows. U.com] TV Advertising Trends One of the great contradictions of modern American life is that almost everyone watches television while almost no one agrees anymore about what it really means to watch television.In the 80s. Notably.D. creating whole new categories of educational toys and expanding the use of sophisticated electronics in products for kids as young as newborns.well. adding 6 percent to $400 million. True.) and (quite possibly) the . watching television in America has been defined by the families recruited by Nielsen Media Research who have agreed to have an electronic meter attached to their televisions or to record in a diary what shows they watch.just as they do every April -. Source: [MercuryNews. For the past decade or so.3 billion in 2005. Luff seemed to view the modern American home as a digital zoo where the lion is about to lie down with the lamb: radio is going on the Web. is the UK's biggest smoothie chain. we know that as spring gets under way.S. retail sales for the toy industry as a whole fell 3. new episodes of ''Desperate Housewives'' and ''C. now eight years old. fast-food burger joints flooded UK town centres.
141 - . Think of the snap-on smile as the white-enameled cousin to the press-on nail. "More and more patients go to dentists to look better rather than to feel better. which fits snugly over existing teeth. The teeth also are more proof of dentistry's changing focus.'' Source: [The New York Times] Local Shopping on the Internet According to a study conducted by market researchers Constat Inc. Plenty of places on the internet are geared toward helping would-be employees find a job. But what if you're looking for seasonal or part-time employment -. Source: [NewsTarget] Celebrity Smiles Emulating A-listers such as Gwyneth Paltrow or Halle Berry is a snap: The latest celebritychanneling accessory is a set of prosthetic choppers modeled after Hollywood's most Chiclet smiles. A poll conducted in October 2003 found the figure to be 60 percent. "It's not just for health. Only with this device. Studentjobs. Think of it as yet more evidence of a public firmly sinking its incisors into celebrity culture. but summer's fast approaching. that means job-hunting season will soon be under way. For a high school or college student.gov. with 73 percent using the local newspaper. The sites generally operate by charging employers a fee to advertise open positions.com." says Jeff Golub-Evans. Even the federal government has jumped into the act with its site. 70 percent of American households now find local businesses using the Internet.is there a more appropriate place to hit up than traditional job sites? Some websites cater to just those needs. The resin appliance. GrooveJob." Source: [Shreveport Times] Student Job Sites Hit or Miss Sure.000. They might also lead students to jobs with nontraditional hours for those with college schedules to accommodate. goes for $1. Some also offer extras like résumé-building help or tips for getting through an interview. ''Television and media. it's still March.'' Luff said over the noise of five sets tuned to five different channels. If current trends continue.000 to $3. the Internet will become more popular for local business searches than newspapers in the next year. entry-level positions. depending on the site. attaining Julia Roberts' million-dollar grin doesn't set someone back nearly that much.org and student-run newcomer JobSherpa. with or without registering. Students can search open postings for free.com purport to help students find jobs and refine their employment-seeking skills. ''will change more in the next 3 or 5 years than it's changed in the past 50. Teens4Hire. Those running the sites say they're more useful to students and those in their teens to early 20s than general job sites are because they list high-turnover. and The Kelsey Group. a Manhattan cosmetic dentist.iPod and the PlayStation Portable. Source: [Wired News] .
and Oakley. No word on an actual shipping product yet (their first announcement at all was in September). you'll even be able to yell at them when they've wandered too far from home. today announced a joint venture to introduce new Bluetooth(TM)enabled wearable wireless communications devices for innovative hands-free operation of electronic devices. play music. as long as you can put up with his moods! Okay. pull RSS feeds and tell you the time. Using caller ID. Inc.copying the other rabbit's movements. technology and innovation — to fuse Motorola's latest Bluetooth technology with Oakley's advanced eyewear concepts. Motorola is collaborating with Oakley — a leader in eyewear design.that's right . Nabaztag can move his ears. but the patent-pending collar could be great—if you don't mind spending a lot of extra cash on your pets.142 - . Sometimes he will even have his own random things to say. This bunny likes to nibble on WiFi [ThinkGeek] PetsMobility PetCell The PetsMobility PetCell is only a concept for now. But be careful because he is uncompromising . We'd say that's pretty smart .if he thinks that he didn't receive enough messages he might be unhappy. it automatically picks up when an approved number calls. The idea is simple: it's a cell phone and GPS unit on a collar.but he's also got personality. . Nabaztag can marry another rabbit . with its own private number. Inc. Source: [Gizmodo] Wearable Wireless Motorola. talk and whistle. sounds and lights. read you today's headlines or give you his opinion of the previous week. Nabaztag can let you know when you have a new email. Details and designs are set to be unveiled by mid-2005. so Nabaztag is smart and has personality . Motorola is a Fortune 100 global communications company.but what about interpersonal skills? Can he relate well to you and other rabbits? Well. allowing you to speak to your dog or cat (but probably dog) from wherever you are. And with the GPS service enabled. report the weather or stock market.Smart WiFi Bunny So you are probably wondering if a rabbit can really be "smart"? Well this bunny can teach you tai chi. Move your Nabaztag's ears and its spouse's will too. but it looks like something that could be surprisingly fun and useful for people who will spend any amount of money on their pooch. read your e-mail. And as far as friendship. and his body can show off hundreds of colors and special patterns of light.
Instead."By teaming with Motorola.) This technology seems to have many useful applications -. Some technical challenges still remain.Handicapped people and the elderly may be able to get on an elevator without the trouble of pushing buttons." Source: [wirelessIQ. we're dramatically expanding the possibilities for our new electronics category. Also. tags can be used to prevent unauthorized persons from getting on an elevator.info] Smart Elevators Mitsubishi Electric Corporation developed a technology that combines RFID tags and cameras for controlling elevators. they claim that their system could tell if a person wanted to use an elevator or was just waking near an elevator (without any intention to use an elevator. Source: [Nikkei Sangyo Shimbun] .143 - . Moreover. By combining RFID and image processing. "Oakley's engineering team now has an expanded technology arsenal to develop new and innovative electronic products. With their technology. The company wants to commercialize the technology in 5 years." said Cos Lykos. they wait for people. elevators don't make people wait for them. employees could move back to their "home floors" without selecting a floor number everytime. in an office building. Vice President of Business Development.
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